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How the Author Conveys Tragedy in Out, Out

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How The Author Conveys Tragedy in "Out, Out" "Out, Out", is a poem written by Robert Frost that covers the tragic story of a death of a young boy as a result of bleeding from a heavy injury and the lack of treatment. The author, Robert Frost, manages to convey this sense of tragedy very successfully by utilizing a few literary techniques such as personification and direct speech. In the story, a young boy is introduced, working on a saw in a yard. He has no other choice, as he needs to earn money in order to support the family, even if he is only of young age. He is described as a "boy", telling the readers that he is in fact very young, and most probably not even in his teenage years yet. He is working and his very stereotypical sister comes along and announces that dinner is ready. At this point, his hand becomes "fed" into the saw as depicted and because of this; he suffers heavy injuries and eventually dies of what seems to be a lack of blood within the body. Although this event in itself is already very tragic, the author manages to augment this greatly by using a number of literary techniques. ...read more.


For example, the alliteration is used when the author describes the boy in the story is described as a "big boy". This emphasizes the fact that the type of work he is doing at the yard is in fact meant to be for men that are older than himself and much too dangerous for small children like him. The author uses oxymoron throughout the story in order to display the utter confusion of the protagonist (the boy) in some situations. For example, right after the boy's hand is "eaten" by the saw, he is seen to give out a "rueful laugh". This is interesting because the word laugh is usually associated with happiness and joy, yet the word rueful is related to sorrow and regret. This in turn shows the boy's confusion as it could be said that he was laughing out of confusion and rueful out of sorrow and regret of working with such a dangerous piece of equipment. The confusion of the boy shows that he is probably not of a very mature age, and further captures tragedy because such a devastating injury has happened to such a small child who has not even lived a quarter of his life. ...read more.


I think that this also conveys this idea of tragedy very well, simply because it shows that the one death of this young boy means almost nothing to the community around him. Nothing special is done to remember or commemorate him; he is treated like a mere money machine that is alive solely to generate income for the family. This is proven when the author writes, "no more to build on there". This pulls at the reader's heartstrings and makes the reader feel upmost sympathy for the poor boy. In conclusion, the author manages to convey the sense of tragedy in the story buy using a serious of literary techniques in conjunction that often augment the tragedy that is already there due to the death of the young child. All these literary techniques add to the savageness of the machine, the suspense or the reality of the story. The author also utilizes the community around the boy and his social situation to make the readers feel sorry for the boy through tragedy. I felt that this story was terribly tragic as the boy in the story was a young boy that had not lived life to the fullest, yet had already been injured due to his terrible economic situation. It was a very intense and interesting read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...read more.

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