Essay on the short story “The Verger” by Somerset Maugham
The short story “The Verger” is an example of how a person can be successful en life even though he is illiterate. Anyway, he makes a good use of his creativity. What is more important is how to uses our knowledge correctly. This story was wrote by “William Somerset Maugham, was a British novelist and short story writer, he was among the most popular writer of his era and ones of the highest paid author during 1930. He born in 1874 in France, and died in 1965, by the aged of 91, in France”. (Wikipedia)
The verger is about Albert Edward Foreman, who has been the verger of St. Peter’s Neville Square for sixteen year. One day when a new vicar comes to ST. Peter’s and finds out that Foreman ...view middle of the document...
After a year he opens another shop. In the course of 10 years he is the owner of about ten shops around London. One day Foreman goes to the bank, and the manager recommends that he can invest his money, but when he has to sign a contract, the manager realize that Foreman is illiterate. He is so surprise that he ask Foreman what he would be now if he was able to read and write, Foreman told him he would be the verger of St Peter’s Neville Square.
The author makes uses of the omniscient third person, because it have free access to felling, thoughts and motivation of each character, and do not interfere in any point of the story.
The clearest setting of this short story is the place, is takes place in London. I can say that the type of conflict is internal, because the character struggles against the circumstances of life faced him (Man Vs. circumstances). By the end of this story we can find irony, when our character realize what would happened in his life if he had accepted the proposal of the new vicar, he would not be the men who is now.
The main character of this story is a man call Albert Edward Foreman; this person is illiterate but creativity. He is married; he loves his job as a verger. Although he fire from his job, he is determined not to learn read and write because he cannot see the use of this to do his job. Three words characterized his personality: Tact, firmness and self-assurance.
I believe that the message of this amazing short story can be: Believe in yourself, because when Foreman thinks that everything in his life is lost, he fined a new style of life and the way to start again. Another important message is does not matter how literate you are, what is important is to know how to use your opportunities.
Romero, Marta Adriana
2° Año Prof de Ingles IESA