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The History of Mr Polly - HG Wells.

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H.G. Wells H.G Wells makes us sympathetic towards Mr Polly in many aspects. He reveals this through what he says, what Mr Polly says and what Mr Polly does in the text. This continues throughout the conversation. Wells added that Mr Polly stated that Miriam's "conscientious disorder" was intensely reminiscent! This clearly states Miriam's characteristics of being an un-tidy, un-organised, and generally, messy person. The second statement of authorial comment is that of page 177, by saying that not only did Mr Polly have "remorse and anxiety for Miriam" but this is also repeated further down when he continues to add that "what perplexed him was his recent remorse and tenderness for Miriam." This suggests that he had been thinking about her and that if anything had happen to her, that he had to find out for himself, then he would feel guilty and somewhat responsible. There is also a small statement on page 176 where Mr Polly implies that "things didn't seem so bad with Miriam." And this follows the suggestion from above. The final piece is from page 178, lines 16 to 23; this implicates that although Miriam runs a tearoom, she cannot produce a decent egg! ...read more.


In Mr Polly's day there were only a limited amount of opportunities. We can work this out from the people he meets in the course of the book. He met a young girl who attends a boarding school. There were good schools for those who could afford it (Mr Polly's parents could not) this indicates an economically divided society. Those who do not have money do not have access to many desirable things in life. Shopkeepers, like Mr Polly, lived reasonably. Some shops survived. This means the shops were making enough of a profit to sustain the owners. None of the owners had a lavish lifestyle, however, which indicates that there was not much profit. The Larkins lived in a small, crowded, cramped house. This was presumably the best they could afford. Only one of the girls had a job-in a factory. At the funeral of Mr Polly's father, Uncle Penstemon asks if they have gone "into service" (i.e. Working as maids). Mrs Larkins is indignant as she feels they are above this. Because the best alternative to "going into service" is working in a factory, we can deduce that there was not much opportunity. When Mr Polly proposed to Miriam, they were all very happy even though Mr Polly was unemployed. ...read more.


And obviously, leaving Miriam, the shop and his unfriendly neighbours took determination; however, it didn't take much to persuade him as he was unhappy. In the end, the most important factor is in my opinion, leaving Fishbourne and as such I believe he deserves his happiness. My reason being for this is that although he was a menace to society, he just needed to find himself and where he would be happy which meant leaving Fishbourne. If seeing him before he left Fishbourne, my approach to this would be different and I would almost certainly say that he did not deserve his happiness, as all he was doing was being a nuisance. Whereas now that he is happy, away from Fishbourne, I believe he does. From my knowledge, I would imply that Mr Polly did these foolish things like marrying Miriam, burning his shop in an attempt to commit suicide and generally not being self-organised, to bring excitement or something interesting into his life as he was depressed living in Fishbourne. It is quite possible that his father's death may account for his unhappiness. All in all, he overcame this and withstood Uncle Jim and other opposition to come out on a possitive note of which, he deserved. C:\My Documents\Mr Polly, kelly Duggan.doc 20th May 03 ...read more.

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