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 ...view middle of the document...
The points of view seem to shift from “they” to the “saw” with the phrase “he must have given the hand” (Frost, 2011, line 16), signifying the saw was reasoning to itself, and then back again.
The conflict and the climax instinctively hinge on one another. The conflict of man against machine is evident with Frost saying “Neither refused the meeting” (2011, line 17), as if backing down would be futile. From there, the scene escalates from the initial shock and disbelief to the outright horror of amputation with “don’t let him (the doctor) cut my hand off” (Frost, 2011, line 26), which is the next level of denial. Frost steps off, one more time, to the definitive conclusion with the collection of phrases, such as, “the watcher…took fright” (2011, line 32), “listened at his heart, little—less—nothing” (2011, line 33), and “since they Were not the one dead” (2011, line 35). All are showing the sequence of deterioration into the final climax: Death.
Frost, in this poem of untimely departure, depicts a sense of clarity with “the boy saw all” (2011, line 23), where he has time to reflect on his short life. It is commonly documented that people, who are revived from death, have an experience of lucidity. It is, also, human nature to disbelieve what misfortune casts upon us. Frost shows this with “don’t...