Analysis Of The Passage 'william And Mary'

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This passage seems to be an excerpt from a short story. In the following analysis, the reader will attempt to analyze the passage to the best of her abilities. The passage describes the events which take place after someone’s death. It is from the perspective of the wife of the deceased. The passage is about a letter that the she receives from her husband’s solicitor who claimed that his client wanted him to give the letter to her, if he should ever die unexpectedly. The passage is an internal monologue of the wife, while she decides whether or not she wants to, or rather, needs to read the letter. She debates about this, whilst telling the reader more and more about her married life with a ...view middle of the document...

It is then that she decides to read the letter once and for all, in order to, release her from William’s hold. The ending of the passage is one of great suspense, as the author tells us only the first line that Mary read. Thus, leaving the reading hungry for the rest.
The setting of the passage is rather morbid and gloomy. After all, it is a house that has just seen the demise of its owner. The reader believes that the setting greatly contributes to the mood of the passage. It tells us about how Mary feels, now that her marriage is over. The author depicts William and Mary’s relationship to be one where, initially, love may have been present. However, over time, William and Mary have grown distant and a bit indifferent towards each other. Theirs is now a relationship where there is nothing new, different, or out of the ordinary. Same as the setting.
The passage has been narrated in the first person, that is, from Mary’s point of view. It is also omnipresent. The characters of William and Mary are very different, yet similar at the same time. William is portrayed to be a man who was very impersonal, even with his own wife. And, who, instead, dealt with everything in life in a very formal and business-like manner. Whereas, Mary has been portrayed to be woman who has gotten used to husband, and has adjusted to her marriage, even if she is not happy that way. The similarity between the two characters is that, in the end, both of them had adjust, and were used to the cold and impersonal atmosphere that had grown between them.
A few literary devices have been used here and there in the passage. Some imagery has been used when Mary describes William’s chair and the setting surrounding her, as these regions are very descriptive. The author...

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