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

'The Unexpected' Coursework

Extracts from this document...


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous 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 Miscellaneous essays

  1. Shakespeare Coursework - Henry

    Henry's last line as a rule of three - "Cry 'God for Harry, England and Saint George!' forces the troops into a frenzy and once again uses patriotism to make the soldiers decision seem shameful if they were to choose not to carry on fighting in the battle.


    SOPHIE NEVEU Why? LEIGH TEABING I sent Silas to bring him here to England. 34. INT. WESTMINISTER ABBEY Silas and Dan sit in the pews at the Westminster Abbey church. They anxiously wait for Langdon, Neveu, and Teabing to show up.

  1. An Inspecter Calls Coursework

    Although the setting isn't quite as cosy/comfortable as you would expect from a middle-class family home. The stage directions at the very start of the play indicate 'the general effect is substantial & heavily comfortable, but not cosy & homelike', which suggest there is something missing emotionally from the family

  2. Othello - State of Mind

    We can wonder how well she knows Othello the man in the context of Venetian society. In the citation 'Rough quarries, rocks and hills whose heads touch heaven', Othello refers to heaven which is usually associated with the Hero and good people of the play.

  1. Much Ado About Nothing

    The match makes political sense yet the two characters are swept away with the idea of love. The end of act 1 scene 1 ends with romance as Benedick and Claudio are 'noting' Hero. Claudio describes her as his 'jewel,' however this conveys possession and wealth and the idea that a woman is almost for sale.

  2. much ado about nothing

    Don Pedro thinks that Beatrice would be the perfect wife for Benedick, so Claudio, Don Pedro and Leonato together decide that they will bring Benedick and Beatrice into a 'Mount of Affection'. Don Pedro and Leonato wittingly go to the orchard and start to audaciously discuss how extremely in love Beatrice is with Benedick.

  1. William Todhunter- Wartime letters

    And we have a hard time sleeping between the look out duties witch are two hours in every six. I am sorry this letter is a bit depressing, my mood matches the weather. Your Loving Son, William November 25th Gas.

  2. shakespeare coursework

    These constant allegations send Othello into a place which actually does doubt Desdemona and leaves him in confusion as to why Cassio spends so much time with his wife. Iago is aware that Othello trusts him as he always sucks up to him; for example he says "I am glad

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