Assignment3: A Frosty Narrative
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A Frosty Narrative
Robert Frost’s narrative poem, “Out, Out---“(Frost, 2011), is a telling of unpredictability and tragedy. It is the story of a boy, not yet a man, anticipating the rest of his day after a hard day’s toil, becoming subject of a vicious undoing at the bite of that same toil. The unfathomable tragedy gives illumination to the power of description. This portrayal of misfortune is summed up with the components that provide the framework to analyze a literary work.
This framework consists, first, with the setting. “Under the sunset far into Vermont” (Frost, 2011, line 6) conveys that the story takes place somewhere in New England, at the end of the day. The “saw in the yard” (Frost, 2011, line 1) describes a common practice by “kin folk” in the backyard lumber businesses in American history. The phrase “his sister…in her apron” (Frost, 2011, line 13), also, tells of a business at home where access is available to the family.
A couple more elements, plot and structure, depends on each other to format the progression to the literary piece. The plot suggests they’re at the conclusion to an always tiring day, looking forward to the end, maybe too much; ”wish they might please the boy, giving him half hour saved from work” (Frost, 2011, lines 10-12). Then, tragedy strikes with an uncompromising result, which regresses, even further, with the ultimate price being paid. The structure has almost a back woodsy feel to it and a consistent, overwhelming need to reevaluate your feelings to align with the text. The anticipation of completeness leads to the conflict with the “saw”, which then, spirals down to the critical climax.
Frost gives character to the “saw” with the expressions “as if to prove saws knew what supper meant” (Frost, 2011, line 15) and “snarled and rattled” (Frost, 2011, line 7), almost bringing it to life. The points of view seem to shift from “they”...