Moreover like Lawrence she creates an intense atmosphere through suggestive details. It succeeded at last, and, sitting down, it began, like a minute cat, to clean its face. Time Passing When his son dies, the boss is overcome with grief. The hapless fly represents the boys who marched off to war with the best of intentions, but very little knowledge of the unseen dangers. He is also suffering the signs of his age. There is also some symbolism in the story which may be significant. He asks his secretary Macy to leave him alone in his office for awhile.
All the same, there was something timid and weak about its efforts now, and the boss decided that this time should be the last, as he dipped the pen deep into the inkpot. Then after a lot of torture, the fly dies. That is why … he continually dropped ink on the fly. When we read the story, we find that the writer and all the characters in the story stand for the fly. Life is made up of small moments where people are kind or leave petty wounds, and these can have profound effects. The fact that the boss cannot remember that he was thinking about his son, after finally killing the fly, further suggests that the boss and the generals have learnt nothing from their actions. Something that the previous generation of writers failed to do.
He wants to feel the pang of grief. But he did not draw old Woodifield's attention to the photograph over the table of a grave-looking boy in uniform standing in one of those spectral photographers' parks with photographers' storm-clouds behind him. He wants to feel the same pang of grief. Man has no power to defy fate and fall an easy prey to it. Katherine Mansfield, a famous realist, who uses concrete images, appeals to many readers because she incorporates her life into the stories she writes. Later, man discovered a cure for the disease and thought that he had escaped death and had defied fate.
Coincidentally, the characters I usually choose to admire are the weak, unpopular, failure types. He is a former employee of the boss who comes by the office to visit once a week. Katherine Mansfield's 'The Fly' is no different in its attempts to create allegories. It kind of says that death can rule our lives and us. All your comments are very meaningful and helpful, of course. The specific items they had can also be seen as symbols. The incident with the fly further reinforces the idea that no amount of control -- such as the fly fighting to clean its wings of ink -- can prevent the inevitable end everyone must face.
He details all the ups and downs of Queen Elizabeth I and her court, while making allegorical references to virtue, and the religious and political issues of the time. The boss lifted the corpse on the end of the paper-knife and flung it into the waste-paper basket. The Boss prepared to weep but could not weep. He wasn't feeling as he wanted to feel. Boss is presented through the method of contrast. Woodifield comes to see his ex-boss.
While the boss, before the exit of the Woodifield from his chambers, is for an instance of a tragic father who has been trying hard to forget the bitter memory through material pre-occupation. First woman to fly non-stop, coast-to-coast across the U. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. Although he admires the fly's courage and resilience, he continues to drop ink on it until it dies. All the same, we cling to our last pleasures as the tree clings to its last leaves.
When we read the story carefully, we find that the fly in the story symbolizes helplessness of man before fate. At that moment the boss noticed that a fly had fallen into his broad inkpot, and was trying feebly but desperately to clamber out again. With much hesitationthey went into the courtyard and saw the wonderful house. The girls were in Belgium last week having a look at poor Reggie's grave, and they happened to come across your boy's. Who is that exquisite creature in the eau-de-nil satin? Simon is one of the few characters that stay sensible and good throughout the story. Wistfully, admiringly, the old voice added, 'It's snug in here, upom my word! Just as Bertha in Bliss has good intentions and wants to feel close to others, but has only the shallowest connections, Laura too has good intentions but cannot relate to those outside — or perhaps inside — her social class in any meaningful way.
Then he would have experienced a death, only slower, in working under him. It is possible that Mansfield may be suggesting that Laura, by participating in the party, continues to live in denial or remains distant or isolated from the outside and real world. He wants to feel the same pang of grief that he used to feel. Now the situation is different. There is a major conflict that Laura has to deal with between her family and society: which is dealing with the death of the man. Woodifield remembers what he has forgotten.
For a long moment the boss stayed, staring at nothing, while the grey-haired office messenger, watching him, dodged in and out of his cubby hole like a dog that expects to be taken for a run. As with many well-written stories, there is room for multiple interpretations. Thanks for the comment Tuleen. The ending of the story is also interesting as Laura appears to have an epiphany or moment of realisation. He is able to remember about the grave of his some after drinking whisky. She remains in this sad and desperate condition until she receives a telegram from Basil in which he … apologizes for his harsh letter.
In the story not only does the fly have to find the strength to keep on living after he has the incident with the ink, but also the Boss needs to find a cope with the death of his son, and he needs to … find a way to keep on living, after the world just came crashing down around him. And he wasn't in the least spoilt. Flowers growing on all the graves. But it wasn't a favourite photograph of his; the expression was unnatural. Ralph, Jack, Piggy, and Simon are four dynamic characters in Lord of the Flies that adapt to their new lifestyles in different ways. Then Woodifield tells the boss about the cemetery and how nice it is.