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Access English Studies Unit 4 a Prose-the short story Emma Marshall How successful have the writers been in creating either atmosphere or emotions in the stories you have read. The two short stories I have chosen to study for this essay show an incredibly rich use of language and imagery to depict both the atmosphere and emotions of the characters. The first Prose is called Odour of Chrysanthemums by D.H.Lawrence and the second piece is Eveline by James Joyce. In the short story the Odour of Chrysanthemums by D.H.Lawrence the main character is Elizabeth Bates who is a miner's wife. The story evolves around her waiting for her husband's return from work. As usual he is late but on this occasion he died in a mining accident. The main elements of the story are Elizabeth's changing thoughts and emotions throughout the whole experience. By using words like "trapped"," black" as well as" dreary" and "forsaken" D H Lawrence depicts Elizabeth's unhappy experiences so far and her current state of mind. I feel the writer has immediately made me empathise with the character and sets the mood of the story. Elizabeth Bates speaks more eloquently than the other characters who speak in a strong regional accent. This is significant because the author has chosen an outsider as the main character who, as a deep-thinker, feels alienated from the simple-minded villagers. Elizabeth has two children; her daughter, Annie is depicted as angelic and similar to Elizabeth. She is described as having "wistful blue eyes" and hair that was "a mass of curls, just ripening from gold to brown. ...read more.


She "embraced the body of her husband with cheeks and lips. She seemed to be listening, inquiring, and trying to get some connection. But she could not. She was driven away. He was impregnable." In using a succession of short sentences meaning the same thing this reinforces the idea of the void between them both in life and in death. I think that D H Lawrence depicts the turning points in Elizabeth Bates' life very well. In my opinion, the symbolic use of chrysanthemums is very effective. He uses a lot of descriptive words to bring the important people and objects to life. He makes clever use of suspense, irony and adjectives. The way he portrays Elizabeth as a philosophical, deep-thinking person who puts herself in a difficult marriage. I particularly like his style of writing when he depicts the hidden turmoil of Elizabeth's emotions in parallel with the mother-in-law's expressive mourning. To sum it up, I think that Lawrence has successfully brought Elizabeth's experiences to life. The second Short story I have studies for this essay also gives clear and precise images through the use of language used. James Joyce's Eveline is based upon the friction which can exist between family and romantic love. The story begins with the picture of a young woman who is agonising over the choices in her life. She is bored and overworked, victimised and threatened by her aggressive and occasionally drunken father yet she has been offered the chance of escape by a potential lover who would transport her far away perhaps never to return. ...read more.


In spite of all of the negatives about Eveline's existence we learn early in the story that she harbours strong doubts about giving up everything which is familiar to her in exchange for a new life from which there would be no going back. "She had consented to go away, to leave her home" and that "in her new home in a distant unknown country... ". There does not seem to be any love from herself to Frank and often refers to just like him. In the end Eveline decides to stay and we are witness to the wonderfully descriptive scene as she finally agonises and then succumbs to let her fears of the unknown dominate her decision. I believe it is purely fear that keeps Eveline at home and the promise made to her dying mother to "keep the home together as long as she could". James Joyce's story is a powerfully written piece which is very successful in portraying the pressures which can exist for a young woman who wants to be just that, a young woman. The anguish that Eveline experiences builds during the story from the quiet time when she "sat at the window watching the evening invade the avenue" to when "Her distress awoke a nausea in her body and she kept moving her lips in silent fervent prayer. A bell clanged upon her heart". The sadness of the story is evident throughout, so the anticlimax of the ending seems such an absurd decision to make, deprived of love, deprived of escape, yet Eveline looks after Frank and "her eyes gave him no sign of love or recognition" as she lets him board the ship alone. ...read more.

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