Lumber-Room Essay

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The story under analysis was written by Hector Munro, a British novelist and a short-story writer. After his parents’ death he was brought up by a grandmother and two aunts, one of them was a woman of ungovernable temper, of fierce likes and dislikes, imperious and a moral coward. She was the last person who should have been in charge of children. The character of the aunt in The Lumber-Room is Aunt Augusta to the life.

The story is about a little boy Nikolas who lives with his cruel aunt, brother and cousins. One day he commits the offence thus bringing the punishment upon himself, but he’s not upset as he is intended to sneak into the lumber-room. He plays trick with his aunt and finally gets into the forbidden paradise.

The main idea of this story is the conflict between unchangeable conventional reality and poetry and intellectual freedom, between dogmatic, pedantic, philistine mind and poetic imagination.

The story is a 3-person narration interlaced with inner thoughts and descriptive passages. The prevailing mood is rather positive, ironical and highly emotional.

The text under study can be divided into 4 logically complete parts. The first part can be entitled “the 1 part of the plan”. Nickolas is not going with his small brother and his cousins to the Jagborough sands as his aunt has punished him for his disgraceful conduct at breakfast when he refused to eat his wholesome bread-and milk on the seemingly frivolous ground that there was a frog in it. The author’s attitude to the aunt is revealed with the help of the antonomasia “older and wiser and better people” and the high-flown adjectives “wholesome and frivolous”. Nickolas is shown as a very wise and clever boy for his age. In the following paragraph the author resorts to some bookish words such as “alleged”, “profoundly in error”, “utmost assurance” and long sentences to make the reader feel the style of aunt’s thoughts and haughty treatment of the children. Apart from...
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