by W. Somerset Maugham
The Escape (1925) is a novel written by a famous British playwright, novelist and short story writer. This story is about a young man who is lucky to meet a woman of his dreams. For a long time, he is blinded by love and tenderness and determined to marry her. But one fine day, he falls out of love with her. To avoid the wedding and to stay the most gallant man until the end of their relationship at the same time, he tries to find a way to make a woman to leave him out on her own accord. This is a social-psychological novel that reveals the problem of relations between men and women in bourgeois society, depicts the psychological portraits of characters, and describes their feelings, emotions and thoughts as well. The protagonist of the story is Roger Charing, a tall, handsome, rich, experienced middle-aged man. Of course, many women want to marry him, but he is happy to live the life of an unmarried man; the epithets sufficient experience and careful give the direct description of his lifestyle. But then he meets Ruth Barlow, the antagonist of the story, and falls in love with her. She is a quite good-looking woman with big splendid dark eyes full of sadness (she is twice a widow). And those big and lovely eyes were the very gift that renders most men defenceless. This “gift” helped Ruth to reach her goals. According to the narrator’s opinion, Ruth was two-faced woman of few ideas: he called her stupid and scheming. The epithets stupid and scheming and the simile as hard as nails add some points to her direct characterization. In this way, we gradually move to the plot of the novel. In the exposition author introduces us with the problem of marriage: for women it is the aim of life, for men it is a kind of hazard, trap; he uses the metaphors instant flight could save him and the inevitable loom menacingly before him talking about marriage as a dangerous thing. We can feel that...
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