Posted at 12.15.2018
A very important tool on interpreting and understanding books is to recognize themes over a literary work. Among those the theme of liberty is a vintage one, which can be found on one way or another, in each of the literary pieces we have read up to now in our English class, specifically: Kate Chopin's "THE STORYPLOT of an Hour, " Tillie Olsen's "I Stand Here Ironing, " John Updike's "A&P, " and Edgar Alan Poe's " The Cask of Amontillado. "
Kate Chopin's "THE STORYPLOT of an Hour" is a short story which includes only one hour in Louise Mallard's life, composed of the moment she discovers of her husband's loss of life on the railroad car accident to the moment he unexpectedly profits alive. Louise Mallard has heart and soul trouble, so everyone around her appreciates that she must be enlightened carefully about the sad news. After Ms. Mallard's original great shock and sobbing, she retreats to be alone in her room upstairs, boosting matter among her cherished ones. Contrary to anyone's opinion she feels a sense of pain relief and freedom. She sits down and looks out an open window gazing into the distance and experiencing a whole lot of emotions that present her comfort when she retains repeating to herself: "Free, free !. " Although she talks of her man as a sensitive and adoring one, she seems oppressed, suggesting this way that relationships, even the kindest ones, are inherently oppressive. The theme of independence is exemplified in this tale by the utilization of several imagery elements like an open windowpane, a blue sky, fluffy clouds, birds performing, and smells of the coming rainstorm, which are hints that suggest Ms. Mallard's mood at that particular moment. Independence, happiness, comfort and the sense of oncoming opportunities after her husband's loss of life are MS. Mallard's ways expressing freedom.
Tillie Olsen's "I Stand Here Ironing" is the story of a young lady named Emily, informed by her mother who serves as an unnamed narrator and who is probably conversing on the phone with an individual presumably from Emily's college. A refined, yet important details is that the mother is having this chat while ironing, scene from which the title of this piece of literature is derived. The individual at the other end of the collection asks the narrator for help in understanding Emily and appears to be worried about Emily's complications at college. Emily's mother is unwilling on providing any help since she believes Emily's personality has been forged by the tough circumstances in which the child was raised and perhaps there is not much to do in helping her, she admits. Next, Emily's mother continues on a litany of calamities she endured on raising her princess. Despite self criticism as when she admits as an immature single mom, the narrator detects justification to her neglect in many external circumstances like the burden that social, monetary and politic events inflicted after her and which impeded her to provide Emily the well-being, attention and passion devoted down the road to her other children. Emily's restrained personality, sickly nature, insufficient popularity, poor academic performance and low self-esteem, are labeled as inevitable outcomes on Emily's personality relating to her mom. Despite the long list of drawbacks that might foresee Emily's future as hopeless, she, however, appears to have found something in which she flourishes and shines: learning to be a extraordinary celebrity at school especially by being proficient at imitations and comic performances. Thru this route of manifestation, Emily relieves herself from the traumas become in her years as a child and produces her real personality and skill. But the theme of freedom can be inferred in many passages throughout this literary part as when Emily's mom confessions perhaps relieves her from a heavy remorseful weight, it is best to feel that the type who really deserves freedom is Emily, whose histrionic talent serves as an escape screen from her ordeal.
John Updike's A&P portrays the storyplot of Sammy, a young man working the checkout lines at an A&P grocery store in a small New Great britain town. He patches three teenage young ladies, wearing only their bathing suits, who head into the store and also to whom he appraises even in tiny details. He goes on to speculating about their personalities and motivation in getting the store. Among the three women, one specifically catches Sammy's attention. He dubs her "Queenie, " because of her beauty and notable leadership among girls. As the girls roam the aisles of the A&P, an uncomfortable atmosphere begins to rise because the girl's clothing is inappropriate for a place that is in no way close to the beach. Sammy jokes around along with his modern day co-worker about the girls while at the same time starts to compare himself with him. Stokesie is seen by Sammy as a man resigned to the mediocrity of your non appealing job for the solely reason for needing to nourish a family group while still being a very son. This situation terrifies Sammy, who considers himself jammed in despair if keeping his job at this store. Sammy praises his freedom and dreams not ending up like his co-worker. When the girls are going to leave, they address Sammy's checkout collection and are observed by the store's administrator who reproaches their attires and publicly embarrasses them. This action outrages Sammy who views an opportunity to evade himself, once for any from this place, and decides to quit on the spot. Theme of flexibility is seen here as Sammy's desire of not being constrained to mediocrity and stagnation. Moreover, he will not want to presume responsibilities he's not prepared to.
In Edgar Alan Poe's " The Cask of amontillado", the narrator, Montresor starts declaring that he has been irreparably insulted by his acquaintance, Fortunato, and that he looks for revenge. Defending himself's honor is a high-esteemed prerogative that Montresor accounts because of his Italian cultural background. He places his plan in movement through the carnival season by firmly taking advantage of Fortunato's fondness to wine beverages to whom Montresor deceives inviting him to judge the grade of a wine beverages he has just gotten. Wearing a face mask, Montresor leads Fortunato in to the catacombs where the wine is imagine to be at. After playing clever reverse psychology on Fortunato, Montresor conducts his victimize to a fatality trap. Being unsure of Montresor's true intentions, Fortunato keeps heading enthusiastically deeper in to the burial chambers where Montresor family lays as if these were going to be witnesses of their honor reparations. Montresor has strategically designed every single depth in obtaining the consummation of his revenge for he previously prepared tools and materials beforehand to bury Fortunato alive. By the end of the storyline, Montresor confesses his sense of relieve and cynic very pleased with secretly murdered Fortunato fifty years back. Although a little awkward to be seen and judged from our social and moral viewpoint, Montresor's point of view of the problem is that of a feeling of liberty of his anger and humiliation through his actions because this way he could vindicate his family and his own besmirched honor.
Freedom is a robust feeling and an natural need to real human characteristics. In seeking it, most conflicts have arisen and most wars have been fought. It really has shaped the annals of mankind. In Literature, as an account of individuals issues, the theme of liberty is a robust tool which we will get very frequently in literary works like the latter mentioned in this essay. In the "Story of an Hour, " the theme of liberty is portrayed as liberation from marriage oppression. In "I Stand Here Ironing, " Emily detects liberty thru an artistic display. Also, "A&P, " theme of flexibility is exhibited by Sammy's reluctance to stagnation and mediocrity. Finally, Montressor frees from the oppression of Fortunato's offenses by committing murder in " The Cask of amontillado. "