"Lawson's Stories Display A Great Empathy For The Ordinary Person."

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Henry Lawson portrays the lives of ordinary, everyday people in his short stories living in harsh, hostile circumstances and going about their daily lives. Whether they are dealing with death, tough marriages, alcoholism, depression, isolation, loneliness, or natural disasters he manages to draw such great empathy from his readers with his fluent words of description and capability to write in a way we understand the characters and share their emotions and feelings.The Drover's Wife describes the life of an unnamed mother of four, whose main goal is to keep her family safe from all harm. We as the readers cant help but to feel such empathy f this women who risks her lie to fight bushfires, ride for ...view middle of the document...

Some may even come to idolize The Drover's Wife. To end the story a simple quote from her oldest child to add a sign of care "Mother, I won't ever go droving, blast me if I do."The bush undertaker is another story that entices compassion from its readers. The reality that the old Shepard in this story lives such a lonely and isolated life, away from all civilization, only left to interact with himself, his dog and his lifeless friend Brummy is heart-rending. Recognizing that there are many people like this old man that spend their days alone with no real friends or family generates empathy for the undertaker. The respect and nurture he gives the deceased being is rather sad as he talks to Brummy as if he is still alive."He said impressively addressing the corpse"One last story that demonstrates understanding from the reader to the characters is "The Union Buries it's Dead" as a young union member drowns. But not a soul in the town could name him. Being a union member he receives a first-rate funeral. "He was almost a stranger in town." People attend the funeral drunk and incompetent, as they use the funeral as an excuse to get the day off work. They are paying their respects to a complete stranger. This extracts compassion for the poor individual whose funeral has no real significance to the people of the town and no one will remember him tomorrow.There are numerous examples of empathy that is illustrated in Lawson's stories. His characters are so in-depth and show such emotion which builds the readers understanding and allow them to associate their own lives, thoughts and feelings with the people in these stories.

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