• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Tall Woman and Her Short Husband - During the course of this short story the author manages to evoke various different responses to the story.

Extracts from this document...


The Tall Woman and Her Short Husband During the course of this short story the author manages to evoke various different responses to the story. From laughter and humour at the beginning to guilt and remorse at the end. The first section is very thought provoking. The author is making the reader think about what we have read. In this section the author talks how we are brought up with a certain view of things and if someone or something does not fit to our ideas we find it weird and hard to comprehend. The first section has many rhetorical questions for example "Do you air your views recklessly in front of your seniors?" and "Do you presume to throw your weight about before your superiors?" The author wants us to answer no toe every question and naturally we all do. Then he asks a question about, us the readers, and whether we would choose a husband shorter than us, or a wife taller than us. Once again we answer no. We have been trapped into answering the question like this because the author wants us to. The author then goes on to tell us about "such a couple." In section two the author begins to describe the couple and how they have unmistakable contrasts. ...read more.


We see how the tailor's wife must not get along well with her husband and also how the couple are together for their love and not for any other reason. The respect we have them grows a bit more because we see how much the tailor's wife is pestering them yet they do not seem to care. Right at the end of this section the tailor's wife devises another theory for why the couple are together. This new theory is that the tall woman is with the short husband because of his high salary. As readers we know this is not true because we have seen many moments where the couple do not argue and get along splendidly. This evokes are response of disgust for the tailor's wife because she has now sunk extremely low and we notice what a horrible woman she is. In the third section the story becomes more serious. The Chinese Cultural Revolution is brought into the story. The word "disaster" is mentioned, this word helps bring the scale of the revolution in to account. We are told that the short husband suffers and that his flat is ransacked. We feel sorry for him because of all he has been through with the tailor's wife. ...read more.


We feel that it is unfair that she had to die after all she ahs been through. The short husband gets his job back and his pay. The tailor's wife spotting a rich single man cannot wait to set him up with her niece. This shows us that she is hypocritical because she accused Mrs. Tall of marrying him for his money. When she arrives at the gatehouse she sees that Mr. Short's face is black and she sees the photo of them in their wedding day on the wall. I think she has a strange feeling of guilt, she then retreats and does not mention her niece. Mr. Short never remarried but when it rained the author tells us that we can see him holding the umbrella up high. "There is a big empty space under that umbrella a vacuum that nothing on earth can fill," this quote is the very last sentence of the story. It is very hard hitting and makes us think. Once again the author had shown us how he was devoted to her and she was to him. During the story the author manages to evoke many responses by showing and describing to us how the residents if Unity Mansions do and then we mimic their reactions. Through each stage of the story we react exactly the same as they do. Devrim Dirlik 10RB ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Geoffrey Chaucer section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Geoffrey Chaucer essays

  1. Show how a character from "The Tall Woman and Her Short Husband" and one ...

    This part in the story really allows to see what the Tailor's wife is all about.

  2. Show how a character from "The Tall Woman and Her Short Husband" and one other ...

    she screeched." "The Tailor's wife raised her voice." By the reader knowing how the Tailor's wife says things, it gives them a picture of the situation and the tone of what is being said. This shows how a character is being placed under pressure.

  1. How is Unity Mansion like a 'microcosm' of the country?

    The description shows that there is a contrast between the two. Mrs Tall is heavily described than Mr Short. The views emphasize the 'marked contrast' between them, 'BUT' are inseparable.' The conjunction 'but' used in the quotation emphasizes the love and the strong bond between Mr Short and Mrs Tall.

  2. Discuss the main themes of the story, in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's

    She later says how she's finding it difficult to control herself but she would 'take pains to control' herself 'before him', this shows how she is going through suffering just to make him more comfortable to be with her. On another occasion she was speaking to John telling him of

  1. Delicious, eccentric, opulent, cruel corrupt: all of these adjectives appear in the story ‘The ...

    broad stripes errene and sable". It illustrates that wealth is no protector from death and the dead animals around her neck although opulent could be seen to symbolise her own death. He also tells of his great portrait collection of Gangues, Poussins, Fragonares etc (all of victims incidentally)

  2. What is established in the opening to the 'Turn of the Screw' by Henry ...

    The effect of the contrast between the sinister and spooky setting of the prologue and the wonderful setting and perfect children in the main story is to make the readers realise that perfection isn't trusted.

  1. A Continuation Of Dry September.

    The window on McLendon's car refused to shut the rain seeped through the gap in the top while the tape he used to try and keep the window together flapped to and fro in the wind caused by the speed at which McLendon was driving infuriated him even more and helped his anger to escalate to levels beyond his control.

  2. The Lady With The Pet Dog by Anton Chekhov and A Respectable Woman by ...

    "...Afterwards he meet her in the square several times a day"(193). After many acquaintances and talks he learns that this woman grew up in Petersburg and married two years previously. "In the evening when the wind had abated they went out on the pier to watch the steamer come in"(195).

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work