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CHARACTER ANALYSIS OF THE HUSBAND AND WIFE IN THE POEM “HOME BURIAL” BY ROBERT FROST

Abstract
In Robert Frosts, “Home Burial”, readers encounter the story of a husband and wife, Amy, who are experiencing a period of bereavement. From the beginning of the poem until its ending, the husband and wife have an argument that provides insight into their own personal characteristics. As a result, readers are able to understand each of their stances in the argument and possibly, who’s side to take.

In the poem “Home Burial”, by Robert Frost, readers encounter the story of a husband and wife, Amy, who are experiencing a period of bereavement. From the beginning of the poem until its ending, the husband and wife have an argument about the death and burial of their only child. This argument provides insight into each of their characters. As a result, readers are able to understand each of their stances in the argument and possibly, and who’s side to take.

At the opening of the poem, Amy is starting down her steps but is not looking forward. Still gazing at something behind her, she takes a step back doubting her reason for moving onward (Frost, lines 2-5). This illustrates her struggle to move on. There is also a tone of grief represented. She is grieving over something or someone from the past. Later, the burial and death of their first child is said to be the cause. It is clear that Amy’s character is initially characterized by a feeling of depression and inability to move on from this event. Her husband bids to know what it is that she is seeing and then realizes on his own. She questions him of his findings, yet denies his answer. According to lines 38 – 40 of the poem, she does not believe it’s humanly possible for him to understand her grief; “How could he when all he could think of after burying their child, was how damp weather could destroy a birch fence?” (Frost lines 94 – 95), is what she was probably thinking. Amy was overcome by heartache at way in...
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