Gardener Rudyard Kipling.

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What can be more terrible and frightening than war? War is a phenomenon of organized violent conflict and in all times it have brought pain, sorrow, fear to the world. War has harmful effects on both civilians and soldiers. The most dreadful of these is the destruction of human life. Almost every family has lost someone of their relatives. People do not have powers to follow the traditional ways of living suffering from pain and violent, intense struggle. The theme of agony and irrecoverable loss is considered to be one of the most topical in people’s life. This is the foundation of a touching story under the title “Gardener” written by Rudyard Kipling. In fact, “The Gardener” is a deep fable revealing a great number of themes - agony and irrecoverable loss, undying love and overwhelming loneliness, the hate inspired by the war, death and religion, morality and many others. It is rather difficult to understand the depth of the story; it leaves much room for meditation and sets the reader thinking about the underlying message. The main character- Helen Turrell had to live in a lie. She, a single woman, brought up her own son Michael as her nephew. Though she pretended to be a boy’s aunt, she tried to behave in a certain way that may help her and her son to stay out of trouble. Just before the boy to go to the Oxford University he joined army, but soon he perished. When Helen came to visit his grave, God showed her the place where her son lied, though she didn’t understand it was God, supposing him to be a gardener. The person of the gardener got mysterious value and the whole story became symbolical. Through epigraph and the end of the story we could suppose that the gardener at the cemetery symbolized the God or angel. The plot of the story "Gardener" is closely connected with events of Kipling’s life. In 1915 in battle near Loo (during the Vietnamese war ) was lost his eighteen-year son John. After war Kipling has visited a battle-field and many...
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