(ROUGH DRAFT) Cody Gocio 9/9/2012
A Sense of shelter
In “A Sense of Shelter” John Updike uses windows to show the importance of security and shelter to all humans. William is a fairly quiet teenager who is also fairly different being because one of his favorite places is the school, not very common for teens. Being that Williams favioret place to be is the school its stated in the book that as William is look down at the parking lot he describes the window only being “open a crack, and a canted pane of glass lifted outdoor air into his face, coating the cedar- wood scent of pencil shaving with the transparent odor of the wet window sill”. This soon connects him to an “acute sense of shelter” which he was feeling. I believe that the reason he feels an “acute sense of shelter” at that time is simply becfause of the comfort he was feeling of being in a warm environment while the environment outside was almost the complete opposite. Later in the story William is sitting in a classroom when he observes a window very carefully pointing out every description of the window up to that its steel rimmed when he says that “the snow on a ragged slant drifted down into the cement pits outside the steel rimmed window” To me him describing very little details of the window helped to show how he felt safe in the room. I say this because he specifically said “steel rims” and “cement pits” showing that they are stronger windows and that the snow on the outside will not be able to touch him. With the description of the window also brings a thought of warmth and comfort when I picture this classroom, I can see the windows being filt with snow which made me get the feeling that it would be dark and lightly lit in the room giving the feeling of comfort and shelter. Near the end of the story he describes a boys “Lavatory”...
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