William Somerset Maugham is one of the best known English writers of the 20th century. He was not only a novelist, but also a one of the most successful dramatist and short-story writers.
Maugham wants the readers to draw their own conclusion about the characters and events described in his novels.
Though Maugham is critical of the morals and the narrow-mindedness. â€¢ Realistic description of life,
â€¢ keen character observation,
â€¢ interesting plots are combined with beautiful, â€¢ expressive language,
â€¢ a simple, clear style.
His short stories gained the greatest popularity. When I read â€œThe Escapeâ€?- I was deeply impressed â€¢ by great narrative facility,
â€¢ an ironic point of view
â€¢ an astonishing understanding of human nature.
It is about a man (Roger) and a woman (Ruth), their complicated relations and scheming in order to achieve different aims. So they are the main characters.
The author hides behind the narrator who is the secondary character.
The essence of â€œThe Escapeâ€?, to my mind, is that Roger and Ruth have diverse approaches towards the relations. Of course, the men and the women like the first step: flowers, attentiveness, passion. But then their paths diverge. The romance disappears, the man looks for the way out, he craves for new emotions, but the woman deems that the relations should develop into the marriage.
And â€œThe Escapeâ€? is the example of such a mismatch.
From the very beginning the narrator convinces us that when such charming woman with black moving eyes decides to marry a man nothing but instant flight could save him.
One of Rogerâ€™s friends did so; he took ship and spent a year traveling round the world. He hoped the woman would cry a bit and forget him being fickle, but he had mistaken; when he got back the woman was waiting for him...