Love (by Jesse Stuart)

Topics: Narrative, Snake, Emotion, Narrator, Narrative mode, Female / Pages: 3 (656 words) / Published: Jul 5th, 2012
Love (by Jesse Stuart)

I’ve read a story “Love” written by Jesse Stuart.
The author of this story Jesse Hilton Stuart (August 8, 1907 – February 17, 1984) was an American writer who lived in the twentieth century.
The “Love” text is a narrative with samples of dialogue. Moving on the context, we see the main characters: a man – the father and a boy – the son. The author doesn’t mention their names. The reader can assume that it is a farmer and his son, because the author mentions that they are cared for and monitor the corn field.
The narrative is in the first person. The story is told from the point of view of one of the characters - boy. Seeing story through his point of view made us see how beneath the surface, the story is a deeper one of unreasoning destruction brought about by an allegedly higher creature and the compassion shown by an animal often associated with evil.
This story can be divided into three parts. The first part of the text introduces us to the countryside, where the unfolding events and shows a meeting of the characters with a snake. The second part is associated with an attack dog to the snake. From the text: “he knows how to kill a snake. He doesn't rush to do it. He takes his time and does the job well”. the snake could not resist the dog, because she was going to lay eggs. the snake was killed. and the last part shows us a meeting characters with the male snakes. “He is lying beside his dead mate. He has come to her. He, perhaps, was on her trail yesterday”. Emotion is clearly related to the themes of life and death in the story. When the narrator thinks first of a human female and then the snake fighting to save her babies, there is both guilt and sorrow in the tone of the passage; the words "agony" and then the narrators admi(ш)ttance, "it was silly of me to think such thoughts" show that he does not know what he should feel. The reader also sees the father's hate for the snake, when he calls it his enemy and then encourages

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