The Outsiders "Anecdote of the Jar"

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The Outsiders

In both of this poems Anecdote of the Jar and Clay has a sense of alienation

between them, the Jar and Maria are nothing without their surroundings and their

surroundings are nothing without them as well.

The title of both of this text has a great significance of what the story is all about for

instance Anecdote of a Jar anecdote meaning a little story that has little or significance

at all. The meaning of Clay according to means the dead body of

human being, that’s what she got inside the prayer book, Maria just doesn’t have good

luck in getting the ring or meeting a guy who would be interested in her without being a

bit drunk, all the men in her life always seen to be a bit tipsy for instance in one part of

the story Maria said “Only she hoped that Joe wouldn’t come in drunk”. Both the Jar

and Maria are surrounded by “Sloppiness” for instance on line 4 to 5 in the Anecdote of

the Jar “ It made the slovenly wilderness/ Surround that hill” the object which is the jar is

surrounded by sloppy wilderness, and in Clay Maria is surrounded by prostitutes and

drunken men.

What Stevens is trying to teach is that the Jar is a symbol of life, sometimes we

rise sometimes we fall or we led other things take over our lives for instance “The

slovenly wilderness/ Surrounded that hill” or when Maria has forgotten the plum cake at

the Canal Bridge when the colonel-looking gentleman talked to her, Maria made a big

deal over something that wasn’t really that important to begin with. Again Maria and the

Jar are always alienated by everyone the reason being because they just don’t belong

where they are, the Jar and nature, Maria and the prostitutes.

In conclusion the Jar and Maria are put in worlds they don’t belong in, she would

be better off in the wilderness where the Jar is, and the Jar would be in better use in a

world where she lives in...
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