Analysis And Interpretation Of The Dress By Julia Darling

1240 words - 5 pages

English assignment 12
Analysis and interpretation of “The Dress” by Julia Darling
“The Dress” is a short story written in 2006 by Julia Darling. The story describes how the strained relationship between the two sisters Rachel and Flora and their mother’s lack of ability to deal with emotions outside her working hours combined with a conflict concerning the loan of a dress become the factors that lead to the end of their life together as a family.
The plot unfolds on the mother’s fortieth birthday and spans less than a day, as we enter the story in medias res, when Rachel is standing in the hallway screaming for her sister after having realized that she has taken her dress. From here ...view middle of the document...

It is probably no wonder that Rachel, having a personality like this, does not get along very well with her sister Flora, who opposite Rachel appears sloppy and rather childish –she is not able to resist the temptation when she finds her sister’s dress in the kitchen, even though she is perfectly aware that she is not allowed to try it on, and when she at the restaurant is confronted with her crime she tries to avoid the confrontation by changing the subject, then later by lying about it until she finally breaks down crying and tells the truth. Flora envies her sister’s looks and personality and she feels submissive to Rachel. Wearing the dress makes her feel better about herself, and in a way she justifies her taking the dress by concluding that she needs it more than Rachel, as the text says on page 8-9, line 35-37:
“it seemed to Flora that the dress was meant for her, not Rachel. It made her feel taller, braver, cleverer, and Rachel was all those things already.”
Another explanation to the dramatic outcome of their fight over the dress could be that this probably is not their first fight, but more likely the culmination of years of constant bickering, which is also suggested by the mother on page 10, line 89-90: ”communication between her daughters was often like this: barbed and dangerous.”
The mother herself though does not appear very helpful when it comes to solving the conflict between her daughters. She is a forty year old divorced woman, who works as a bereavement counselor and lives alone with her two daughters. Turning forty she seems to be in a smaller midlife crisis: she feels old and is tired of her job and all the sadness it involves. In general she is tired of taking care of others as the text says on page 10, line 96-97:
“She felt sorry for herself. All day she had sat with tearful needy people. It was her birthday, and she wanted to relax. She wanted to feel loved.”
This quote shows that the mother is really busier feeling sorry for herself than trying to solve the daughters’ conflict. She longs to be paid the same attention, that she is obligated to pay other people every day –at work and at home. For the mother’s problem is that she is only able to handle emotions the way she does professionally. Emotions outside in the real world makes her uncomfortable –as the text says on page 10, line 103-104, she “wanted life to be calm, a...

Other Papers Like Analysis and Interpretation of the Dress by Julia Darling

Analysis and Interpretation of Mid-12th Century Christian Romanesque Artwork

1148 words - 5 pages Analysis and Interpretation of Mid-12th Century Christian Romanesque Artwork This essay will analyze and interpret the style and technique of a mid-12th century Christian fresco painting that once filled the apse of a monastery church in a Catalonia, Spain (Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Christ in Majesty with Symbols of the Four Evangelists). The Romanesque piece depicts Christ with several influential Christian figures and is composed

Sample Data Interpretation and Analysis

1158 words - 5 pages CHOCOLATES Figure 1.7.IF YES (refer to no.3 answers) Figure 1.8. How Often? Figure 1.9. How much? Interpretation Twenty-three respondents were surveyed for the purpose of the study. 1 of these respondents is male and 22 are female. 13 of these respondents are aged 18, 4 are aged 17 and 6 are aged 19. 4 respondents belong to the 50 and below allowance bracket, 9 belong to the 50-100 bracket and 10 belong to the 101 and above. 2

Interpretation Of The Balcony Scene By Baz Luhrmann And Franco Zeffirelli Of William Shakespreare's Romeo And Juliet

1469 words - 6 pages Interpretation of the Balcony Scene by Baz Luhrmann and Franco Zeffirelli of William Shakespreare's Romeo and Juliet “Romeo and Juliet” is a famous love story written by William Shakespeare. Two interpretations were made of this text into a film by the two directors, Baz Luhrmann (1996) and Franco Zeffirelli (1968). The films use different types of media to portray the characters and the overall context of Shakespeare’s

"Interpretation Of A Narrative" Analysis Of An Article (A Narrative) Written By Absalom Jones And Richard Allen. Yellow Fever Outbreak Of 1793

2343 words - 10 pages INTERPRETATION OF A NARRATIVECrises such as plagues and outbreaks of disease bring out the best in people, as well as the worst of them. A Narrative is an article written by Absalom Jones and Richard Allen, two African American ministers who lived in Philadelphia during the Yellow Fever outbreak of 1793. The article functions as both a historical account of the epidemic, and a refutation of false accusations made by Caucasians towards the

Allegory of the Cave Interpretation

767 words - 4 pages because darkness can symbolize mystery and the lack of knowledge. Its the same with Plato using the bright sun outside the cave to illustrate knowledge, light is a symbol of knowledge. That is why when one knows something, he is considered to be “enlightened.” The stages of ascent out of the cave starts with the person staring at the shadows. The shadows that the people are seeing are objects in the imagination of the people, and they

Interpretation of the Extract from “Three Men in a Boat” by Jerome K. Jerome (Chapter Xiv)

1457 words - 6 pages Interpretation of the extract from “Three men in a boat” by Jerome K. Jerome (Chapter XIV) The text under interpretation is an extract from the book “Three Men in a Boat” by an English writer Jerome K. Jerome. He wrote novels Three Men in a Boat, The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, Novel Notes and Three Men on the Bummel. Jerome K. Jerome is famous for his art of story-telling, his vivid style and his humor which is generally expressed in

Interpretation of the American Dream in the Jungle, the Great Gatsby and Death of a Salesman

2138 words - 9 pages States of America underwent large scale change and by the start of the twentieth century was one of the richest nations in the world. By 1950 the U.S.A. was the richest country in the world and a superpower. The state was not the only thing to change during this period. From the late-nineteenth century up to the 1920s average Americans experienced a dramatic expansion in wealth and prosperity. However, with the Wall Street Crash in 1929 the U.S.A

Father/Son Relationships in ‘the Road’ (by Cormac Mccarthy) and ‘the Walking Dead’ (by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard) : Which Depiction Offers the Most Optimistic Interpretation of Human Nature?

5175 words - 21 pages Extended Essay: English Literature (Category 1)Centre Number: 001285Candidate Number: 001285 - 0010Exam Session: May 2016Word Count: 3930 | Father/son relationships in The Road (by Cormac McCarthy) and The Walking Dead (by Robert Kirkman) : which depiction offers the most optimistic interpretation of human nature? Marin Magré Table of Contents Abstract 3 Introduction 4 The fathers’ protection of their sons as a

Interpretation Of The King In Shakespeare's Hamlet

3004 words - 13 pages Interpretation of the King in Hamlet       Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet presents in the character of King Claudius an intelligent, cunning, but seemingly unselfish ruler. This essay will present both an external and internal consideration of Claudius.   For the duration of the drama an important mental contest ensues between Claudius and the protagonist. John Masefield discusses this mind battle in “Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

The Interpretation of the Definition of the Word Courage

1502 words - 7 pages suffix- age, which expressed action or the result of action. So the word courage really means an action that comes from the heart, in other words it is a noble action. How is this word used by contemporary people? The main usage of this term of this term of the word is, to describe people who have a type of mind that allows them not to think rational, and face danger without fear. Which is also referred to as bravery or boldness? This word is

Roles of Comparative Law to Legal Interpretation and Application

5252 words - 22 pages problems themselves although they are very clear and certain. Or when the document has splits, the judge can: 1. Fill these splits by using common rules in England. 2. In Germany, Portugal, France: use the faithful principles, reliant principles to fill these splits in contract. 3. In Viet Nam, the first time the interpretation was carried out was in the 25th Meeting of The Standing Committee of the National Assembly. It about the

Related Essays

An Analysis Of The Creation And Interpretation Of "Art"

1018 words - 5 pages An Analysis of the Creation and Interpretation of "Art" Nathan Spencer ARTH 252-001 Contemporary Art & New Media I could start this off by asking the question, "what makes something art?" I could, but I'm not going to. It is a pointless question to be asking in the first place due to the highly subjective nature of the concept of "art." If we try to nail down a solid definition, someone will simply come up with some new way to subvert it

Analysis And Interpretation – The Nine Billion Names Of God

1324 words - 6 pages ------------------------------------------------- Analysis and interpretation – The Nine Billion Names of God In 1953 Arthur C. Clarke wrote “The Nine Billion Names of God”. This is a science fictive short story where we meet a group of lamas who wants to write the nine billion names of God. Atypically, the lamas will not use the ‘normal’ alphabet; but their own alphabet where they have invented and written in their holy books. In over three

Analysis And Interpretation

3425 words - 14 pages copyrights. Financial assets, also called securities, are financial papers instruments such as shares and bonds or debentures. Firms issue securities to investors in the primary capital markets to raise necessary funds. The securities issued by firms are traded- bought and sold- by investors in the secondary capital market, referred to as stock exchanges. * Equity and borrowed funds There are two types of funds that a firm can raise: equity

Analysis And Interpretation Of "Elephant" + Different Types Of Endings

1184 words - 5 pages Analysis and interpretation of “Elephant” + different types of endings Part A Polly Clark wrote ”Elephant” in 2006. It is a short story about a man, who writes biographies of female pop singers. He is having a writer’s block in the text and later begins to write false events to the biographies. His wife is also trying to get pregnant. The text is in a restricted third person, which means that the narrator can see everything but only hear the