Humn 142 Essay 1


Module 2 Options
The Lake

The predominant theme in both “the lake” by Ray Bradbury and “The rocking-horse winner” by D.H Lawrence is family relations. Other sub-themes such as pain, wealth, greed, love, kinship and marriage emanate from this central idea. In the lake, the main protagonist visits his childhood home together with his wife Margret. At his hometown, Harold reminiscences the childhood memories, especially the loss of his lover at the tender age of twelve. After this somber event at the lake, Bradbury employs the stylistic device of flash forward to bring the audience to the present day. The importance of the childhood story to the development of the plot is to demonstrate Harold’s relationships with the close people in life. For instance, Harold repeatedly calls the name of Tally in the lake each time expecting an answer. There is no reply, and this style elicits empathy from the audience. The reader is further actively involved and feels closer to the narrator through the use of first person narration. As a reader, one feels connected to the lost child on the lake with wind and water blowing his friend away. Bradbury effectively uses imagery to enhance the continuity of the plot. For example, Harold admiration of Tally’s beauty is depicted by the statement “I thought of Tally, Swimming out into the water last May with her pigtails trailing, blond. She went laughing, and the sun was on her small twelve-year-old shoulders” (Bradbury 2). The unconditional emotions that the protagonist had for the young girl made her more of a family than a friend. The narrator further uses imagery to demonstrate the close relationship that Harold has with his mother from a young age. On the day that Tally drowned into the lake, the audience can visualize the affection that the mother and the son have for each other. For example, after the swim, his mother wraps in a warm towels, although he is a big boy approaching teenage hood. In such an instance, Bradbury intention is to illustrate mother’s interaction with their teenage boys influence their growth and development. It is a psychological fact that parents become scared when their children leave home for college or to being married. After the incidence, Harold took a train and joined the grammar school, the high school, and later college in a far town from his home. The purpose of this imagery is demonstrate how close family relations become severed by factors such as work and school. In fact, during this transition, there is no reference to the mother. The narrator states that “I had almost forgotten was east was like” (Bradbury 3). While at Sacramento, Harold met a young woman whom he wed at the tender age of twenty two. From the narrative, it is evident that this is the third important relationship involving the protagonist.

The honeymoon turned out to be tour down the memory for the protagonist. The trip back home was bad for their marriage. From Harold’s narrative, the audience begins to realize that his marriage to Margret was just out of convenience for companionship and loneliness. For instance, the protagonist describes Margret as “Handsome” in her new clothes (Bradbury 4). Handsome is a metaphor that is used symbolically to demonstrate that their love is non-erotic. While at the lake, Harold discovers that his true love was tally, and she was taken away. According to him, the woman waiting for him at the shore was strange. Irrefutably, Harold’s relationship with Margaret would not last given the realization that he does not love him. Family ties in the lake are represented through marriage, friendship, and birth. For Harold, Tally was his true family, and love for whom his emotions flows freely.

Module 3 Options

The Rocking-Horse Winner

Seemingly, the Rocking-Horse Winner by D.H. Lawrence demonstrates the convoluted dynamic of family relationship. As with lake, Paul’s father is unavailable or undiscussed throughout most of his life. Since both stories refers to the 1930’s, the absence of the fathers in the children life was common during that Era. Some factors that could have contributed to this phenomenon include work, war, and cultural systems of the communities (Lawrence 6). Regardless, the two narratives illustrate that women played a greater role in the development of their children than their male counterparts. The main protagonist in the rocking-horse winner is an ambitious woman, Hester. Hester is pretty woman by all standards and believes she deserves a better life than her current status. However, as a young woman with three children, her dream of attaining a luxurious lifestyle appears bleak. Therefore, Hester is forced to work multiple jobs in order to fulfil her financial desires. Lawrence presents the plight of the family by effective application of satire (Lawrence 8). The use of satire, irony, and metaphors creates comic relief, which makes the narrative interesting to the audience. Furthermore, the author intends to demonstrate how the quest for money can ruin family relations by promoting greed and immorality. The use of satire allows the audience to appreciate the importance of values and norms in fostering healthy familial relationship.