Robert Frost makes an allusion to an accident that happened in Vermont back in 1916. He chooses to make an allusion back to Shakespeare's Macbeth. The allusion refers to the queen's life quickly ending after her chop to her head. She quickly bleeds to death. In "Out, Out," the boy carelessly drops the buzz saw after being distracted by a time of fulfillment known better as supper. Soon realizing the carelessness of his mistake, pleads to his sibling to not allow the doctor to amputate his appendage. The sunset alludes to the coming of darkness, known as death. The allusion also set irony to the setting, because sunset can also display a calm, serene atmosphere. The buzzing and rattling of the buzz saw represents the harsh labor the boy was forced to endure. Buzzing is the actual work and the rattling is the idle time between. The mountain acts as a barrier so that no noise or external factors can interfere with the coming disaster. Frost adds a tidbit more of irony when the boy's "rueful laugh" expels from his mouth, because rueful inspires pity but laughing represents glee. As if to prove saws knew what supper meant,
Leapt out at the boy's hand, or seemed to leap
He must have given the hand. However it was,
Neither refused the meeting. But the hand!
This quote portrays the boy's immature nature. If the boy had knowledge that dropping a buzz saw on your hand would mean immense pain and suffering, eventually leading to the demise of his life. But when the "boy saw all," this is a reference to his maturity, meaning that this event has shown him what others have known for years. If you drop something sharp, move your hand. Robert Frost is trying to announce that this is the moral of his poem. The doctor is death himself. Because the doctor brings the boy into the "dark of ether," the boy begins to see "the light" and slowly fades into non-existence. The boy has given up all will to live. The watcher gains fright, but the family understands that there is...
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