Hershberger 1

Moses Hershberger

ENGL2120-101

4/10/12

Essay 2 1. What sets the form in Sherwood Anderson‟s “Mother” is how the qualities of the character‟s moods play out through the story. What prompts my liking of this story is the setting of the hotel which is a fundamental element. Anderson describes it as “the disorderly old hotel looking at the faded wall-paper and the ragged carpets” (1426-7). I see the setting as a parallel to Elizabeth Willard, the mother, which leads to imagery. The imagery in Elizabeth shows her as a “tall and gaunt…face marked with smallpox scars” (1426). As far as narrative point of view, plot and style, they‟re simple measures that I think help build up probably the “edgiest” moment in the story. Elizabeth wanting to kill her husband. What these measures build up to is her determination to plan an action. As said by Anderson, it‟s “a definite determination had come into the mind of the defeated wife of the Winesburg Hotel keeper. The determination was the result of long years of quiet and rather ineffectual thinking” (1429). After reading that, the form of this story, though simple, builds up to a surprise ending. 2. In my last journal, I described Zora Neale Hurston‟s “The Gilded Six-Bits” as “soap opera” material. Though I was given a different viewpoint, the same feeling I felt stands due to the qualities of the values in the story. I disliked the values because I felt no

we have Joe coming back home after the ordeal with the money he left for Missie . she looked at the thing with loathing. but look she must…She was glad at first that Joe had left it there. Joe leaves “beneath her pillow…the piece of money with the bit of chain attached. suh. It happens and it may or may not work out for couples. It mostly about Joe near the end of the story. In this scene. Though it read well as Hurston‟s describes Joe‟s feeling as “a howling wind raced across his heart. Still talking about “The Gilded Six-Bits”. 3. I can‟t see the moment of righteous for what Missie May and Joe did. But that‟s reality." Joe just stood” (1717). to come back together. In literature terms. Sixty-two dollars at de sto'. very convinced in an author‟s way of telling. this story seems to relate closely to Kate Chopin‟s “The Strom” where I felt the values in that story more as a moment of weakness for Calixta‟s because of her worried feelings. I especially couldn‟t sympathize with Missie May‟s actions to cheat on Joe with Slemmons for their financial troubles. If that isn‟t cold enough. I can‟t see people like this working it out. "Please. Gold money. unless I‟m very. I just can‟t see the justice in cheating for a greater good. I also had really one issue with the people. who have had major bumps and separations in their marriage. what Joe does brings him on par with Missie May‟s low move. but underneath its fury he heard his wife sobbing and Slemmons pleading for his life. I just feel uninterested in Joe because of the unrealistic approach Hurston wrote. don't kill me. Alone to herself. Perhaps he was through with her punishment” (1719). This did not happen with “The Gilded Six-Bits” because it involved a child. Offering to buy it with all that he had.Hershberger 2 sympathy towards them. After making love after some time. When talking about values. In “The Gilded Six-Bits”. It‟s never impossible for couples.

but he thrust his hand deep into his pocket and fingered something there” (1719-20).S. and you know it. which makes it difficult to interpret and makes the form difficult. the stanzas are what they should be. 4. it was in the character and values that made the form of the story to be like him: neurotic.‟ „Ah ain't blind. Though I found the character of Prufrock to be entertaining and his values noble. but it‟s the interpretation that is hard to pin on what kind of craft T. You makin' feet for shoes. The rhyme and meter schemes flow just fine. the identity of the people felt like I couldn‟t sympathize with them. Eliot.S. I don‟t know why. the imagery is just vivid with imagination. Though it‟s more than that.‟ „Won't you be glad to have a lil baby chile. Joe?‟ „You know dat 'thout astin' me. Just like the values. Eliot was going for.‟ „You reckon. Throughout the story.Hershberger 3 after having sex with her: “Without a word he took the ax and chopped a huge pile before he stopped. If there‟s one form of literature with a hellish telling the thoughts of an authentic character is "The Love Song of J. Missie May? ‟ „Who else could it look lak?‟ Joe said nothing. Alfred Prufrock" by T.‟ „How come? Ah been choppin' it for de last longest. „You ain't got no business choppin' wood. the character is reciting so many things he wants and will say to a woman about his feelings for her. but I love .‟ „Iss gointer be a boy chile and de very spit of you.

In most cases. This to me made it more realistic. “It is impossible to say just what I mean!” (1579). 6.Hershberger 4 how Eliot writes. now considered a proverb. but it‟s the characters way of dealing with the situation that makes it easy to sympathize with. Frost‟s “Home Burial” is probably my most favorite because of the people. Situations of asking your neighbors if they‟re should really be a boundary between them. The narrator sees there is nothing but. my aunt. but the lingering question is why? Frost says. his neighbor. just recently. everyone needs their own space and shuns the world with a boundary. “Good fences make good neighbors” (1390) is just a great piece of advice to listen to. I know the situation that has happened is terrible. What I enjoyed most was the dialogue between the wife and husband. I want to believe that this line summarizes the whole poem. says with a boundary. What I liked about Robert Frost‟s “Mending Wall” was the idea of societal value we use everyday: boundaries. the husband tells his wife. who lost a daughter. The line. I felt for the characters because something like had happened to my grandmother. Finally. “Listen to me. keeping his traditional values. I won‟t come down the stairs. this keeps our different point of views at a civil level and gives no spark to argue or fight about what is mine. 5.” . Just looking and listening to how my grandmother coped with the situation was in between with what the mother and father are going through. “There where it is we do not need the wall/He is all pine and I am apple orchard/My apple trees will never get across/And eat the cones under his pines…” (1390). For example. What I also really like is how narrator speaks to those who have doubt about these kinds of situation.

But I might be taught I should suppose.” Her fingers moved the latch for all reply. which is obvious to read. And I felt for these people because of a similar relationship I‟ve witnessed. dear. . „There‟s something I should like to ask you. then.‟ “You don‟t know how to ask it. I could see how much grief there is between them. „My words are nearly always an offence.Hershberger 5 He sat and fixed his chin between his fists.” “Help me. but it‟s much different to feel it. With the death of their child and the fall of their marriage. I can‟t say I see how…” (1396). I don‟t know how to speak of anything So as to please you.

New York: Norton. 1577-1580. 2007. 7thed. “Home Burial. Ni Baym.S. et al. 1395. Alfred Prufrock. Print. Eliot. Zora Neale.” The Norton Anthology of American Literature. 1713-1721. Vol C. “The Love Song of J. 1426-1431. Vol C. New York: Norton. et al. 7thed. et al. Frost. Ni Baym. 2007. 2007. et al. Robert. Sherwood. . Ni Baym. Robert. Print. Ed. New York: Norton. Vol C. 7thed. 2007.” The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Ed.” The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Print. Ed. 2007. 7thed. Print.Hershberger 6 Works Cited Anderson. New York: Norton. 7thed. “Mother. Print. Ni Baym. Hurston. Ed. Vol C. “The Gilded Six Bits.” The Norton Anthology of American Literature.” The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Ed. T. 1390. Ni Baym. New York: Norton. et al. Frost. “Mending Wall. Vol C.

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