Then the boss offers him whisky. I think this story reflects the sadness and cruel nature of war. In the story we see three main characters: This setting also sets the tone for the story; it gives it a sense of melancholy, hopelessness, resentment, and anger.
Six years have passed and he does not feel the same pang of grief. This is the first theme of the story. Woodifield, the boss, and the fly.
He is relieved when the fly again makes the effort to clean itself. Both plots, the girls reported, were well cared for, and the gravesites were in a beautiful place, with broad paths and flowers growing on all the plots.
The fly began to work harder, cleaning itself even more than before. The boss suddenly "feels a wretchedness that frightens him and finds himself bereft". Having your own interpretation of a story reflects what you see in a story.
The boss then notices a fly struggling to get out of the inkpot on his desk. The boss imagines that the fly must be joyful knowing it has narrowly escaped death.
The boss is said to be representative of the older generation ofthat inadvertently sent their sons to slaughter in a cruel war.
Woodifield comes to see his ex-boss.
By doing this, the author has made it clear to the reader their opinion on war, and I think has made a tremendous impact on how people will regard these grief-stricken families.
The narrator is not omniscient because the reader only knows what the boss is thinking and does not know what the old man is thinking. The story is usually read as an indictment of the brutal horror of World War I. Woodifield carries on about how expensive the jam was at the hotel where his girls stayed, but the boss responds without listening and hurries to end the conversation.
The boss found the cycle to be amusing and repeatedly dropped blobs of ink on the fly. The boss sees it, puts it on a blotting paper, and enjoys its struggle.
After the death of the fly, he tries to remember what he was thinking, but cannot. He wants to feel the same pang of grief.
Woodifield, making his weekly visit to the office where he worked before suffering a stroke. However, who knows what the next drop is like.“The Fly,” by Katherine Mansfield, is a short story which can be understood best as social.
criticism. It has long been a staple of literature for authors to veil social criticism with allegory and. symbolism in subtle ways, thus forcing the reader to determine for himself what a story may actually.
mean. In The Fly by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of control, ignorance, sacrifice, responsibility and war.
Taken from her The Doves’ Nest and Other. The following entry represents criticism concerning Mansfield's short story, “The Fly.” See also, Katherine Mansfield Criticism and "The Garden Party". Criticism. This disturbing tale has been the subject of considerable, often heated, critical debate, and there is little consensus on either the story's meaning or literary merit.
I don't know what my emotions are doing after reading "The Fly." It's such a short story, and a simple one, that of a father grieving the loss of his child in World War I — but the ending, where the titular fly comes in, is what threw me off balance/5.
Oct 05, · The Fly by Katherine Mansfield. Summary.
As a last try, he decides to get up and have a look at his son’s photograph. However, a fly in the inkpot attracts his attention and he forgets about his son and the grief in a moment.
He starts dropping drops of ink on the fly to enjoy its struggle. After the death of the fly, he tries. Jun 30, · Short Story Analysis: “The Fly” by Katherine Mansfield 30 06 The story ends without really resolving anything; there is no sense of closure at the end.Download