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'The Unexpected' Coursework

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In 'The Unexpected' the relationship between Randall and Dorothea us clearly, and cleverly presented to us. The poem is written and based around Kate Chopins, the authors, life. These years were from 1851-1904. Dorothea is presented as a mighty, and strong willed character, who wants her own way all the time. She makes the sudden and independent decision not to marry Randall, because of his abrupt change in his physicality. The couple were inseparable in their relationship as we know by it saying "the enforced separation seemed to them too cruel an ordeal to bear", which almost shows them being physically wrenched apart. The first paragraph can be summed up as a very negatively written one, with many negative words written in it. Their relationship remained very close, and passionate, after Randall was called away. "He was to return at the close of the month. Daily letters, impassioned and interminable passed between them", declares some hints that something might be wrong with Randall, and the quote also shows us what might be the beginning of the end of the relationship. ...read more.


When Randall returns to Dorothea, the whole paragraph describes his illness and imagery which shows that he is prepare to give everything for her. "All the strength of his body had concentrated in the clasp (with Dorothea)". This shows his love for Dorothea, and also his willingness to give everything for her. Adjectives like "tottering", "exhausted" and "panted" show the full extent of Randall's injuries and well being. After Dorothea's comments before, the reader would expect Dorothea to return this love to Randall, but this doesn't happen. The following paragraph describes Dorothea's shocking thoughts about Randall. Her true person come out as what she had said before turns out to be totally empty. "This was not the man who had gone away" is one of her thoughts that goes totally against to what she had thought before. It seems obvious now that she had been lying to herself before. She thinks of many "devilish transformations" of Randall, listing them, like "His eyes were sunken; his features pinched and prominent; and his clothing hung loosely upon his wasted frame". ...read more.


"An was fleeing as if Death itself himself pursued her" are Dorothea's thoughts about this when she leaves Randall, with a strong image if death being personified created. It also shows that Dorothea was almost comparing Randall to such an intrepid image. When Dorothea thinks "How far, and how long did she go? She did not know; she did not care", it shows that she is so hurrying for an escape from Randall, that she does not even have an escape route planned. It is also incredible to see how much Dorothea and Randall had grown apart in that short visit. They are now seen as opposites, whilst they seem to have been well matched before. The closing paragraph is interesting as it shows that Dorothea hadn't been persuaded by the money offered by Randall, if they were to marry. "'Never!' she whispered, 'not for all his thousands! Never, never! not for his millions!" A little extra respect is returned to Dorothea here as she wasn't interested in the money, just the man himself. However, it does seem that Dorothea is only interested in the physicality of a man, and nothing else, including personality and wealth! ...read more.

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