Realism in short stories The Million Pound Bank Note - The Beast In The Jungle - The Open Boat Mark Twain, Henry James and Stephen Crane portray psychological realism in their respective literary pieces of work. Mark Twain’s The Million Pound Bank Note focuses on the psychological effects of a mischievous bet. Henry James’ The Open Boat deals with the descriptions and psychological effects of four men lost at sea. Stephen Crane’s The Beast in the Jungle deals with the psychological effects of an eccentric man’s belief that he will have…
The Reaping Race
By Liam O’Flaherty
Interpretation: The Reaping Race
The extract under consideration is selected from Liam O’Flaherty story of the same name. Liam O’Flaherty Irish novelist and short-story writer, who took part in revolutionary activities in Ireland. O’Flaherty’s works include novels Thy Neighbour’s Wife, The Black Soul, The Informer, Famine, and short stories Short Stories; The Pedlar’s Revenge and Other Stories; as well as several other novels and collections of short stories.
In the given passage, three families, Bodkin, Considine and Gill, participate in the reaping race to win Five-Pound Note and Best man in Inverara title. They have different tactics for having rest and meal and are watched by the excited spectators. Their physical and psychic conditions change throughout the race and finally the Gills win.
The title of the text and particularly the word “race” creates the expectations that somebody is competing and there is a prize, as the race presupposes a competition between individuals or groups to see which is the fastest and to achieve a particular objective. So there is also the idea of speed which the author develops for each family.
Firstly, the Bodkins, their way of work and rest are described. For this family, the author creates a semantic field with the meaning “much, a lot, great” using such vocabulary as: a can full of tea, a whole oven cake, cut in large pieces, coated heavily, great quantity of food and drink.
Moreover, their speed is also described with the help of intensifiers, for example, it took them two minutes and three-quarters to finish that great quantity of food and drink (which is extremely fast to eat such great amount of food), they rav.....[read full text]