Menin contemporary society face numerous challenges when it comes tolove or marriage. Paper Mills is a story about a man, Doctor Reefy,who gets to a young girl at the age of forty-five years. This essayexplores and answers questions about the story and focuses on DoctorReefy’s marriage problems as the most puzzling part of the story.
Q1.The actual order in which the events occurred are as follows:
E.The tall, dark girl gets pregnant.
D.The tall, dark girl meets Doctor Reefy.
A.Doctor Reefy and the tall, dark girl get married.
B.Doctor Reefy reads the things he wrote on the paper slips to thetall, dark girl.
C.Doctor Reefy throws a bunch of paper balls at his friend, JohnSpaniard.
Q2.The events of the story “Paper Mills” are told in a reversechronological manner. In the real sense, the events began with thetall girl getting pregnant, and this was followed by the girl meetingDoctor Reefy. The events end by Doctor Reefy throwing a bunch ofpaper balls at his friend, John Spaniard. The effect of this is thatit makes the plot of the story confusing, especially for the readers.
Q3.Some of the references to seeds or fertility in the story include alarge fertile farm,theseeds of something very fine,atree nursery,and therich acres of land.These references add up to the themes in the story, which arefertility and farming.
Q4.Some of the things in Doctor Reefy that could be very fine are hisfriendliness, his hard work as highlighted by the phrase “he workedceaselessly,” and his effective service delivery to patients whovisited him in his office (Anderson 37).
Q5.When Doctor Reefy`s pockets were filled with paper balls, he dumpedthem on the floor. On other occasions, when in a playful mood, hetook a handful of the paper balls and threw them at the nurseryman.At the age of forty-five, Doctor Reefy would fill his pockets withpaper balls that were later thrown away (Anderson 42). From theseactions, the idea about the balls is that they were useless and didnot play a significant role in Doctor Reefy`s life.
Q6.Wing Biddlebaum and Doctor Reefy are alike in various ways. First,they develop intimate feelings toward their clients while in the lineof duty. While a schoolteacher, Wing developed an interest in one ofhis students and was later accused of molesting the student. On theother hand, Doctor Reefy developed intimate feelings to a girl, whowas one of his patients, and the two ended up in marriage. Second,Doctor Reefy was an old man with a declining practice, almost aretiree, who had difficulty controlling things that happened in hislife such as the death of his wife. Similarly, Wing Biddlebaum’stime as a schoolteacher had ended and had difficulty controlling themovement of his hands on his students.
Q7.What is most puzzling in the story is that at the age of forty-five,Doctor Reefy is in courtship with his wife-to-be and is neithermarried nor has a family like other men of his age.
Familyconflicts are inevitable, and most are triggered by disagreementsbetween members. These conflicts are precursors of family breakagesor divorces seen in the world today. In the “Mother” story, TomWillard, the wife, and the son are in conflict, and this is thesource of unhappiness and unending troubles in the family. This essayexplores the events in the story and gives explanations to some ofthe behaviors exhibited by Tom Willard, the wife, and the son.
Q1.The thing in Elizabeth Willard that died was her desire for changeand some big movement to her life. Before her marriage, she had metpeople and had dreamed of joining come company and wandering over theworld (Anderson 73). However, after her marriage to Tom Willard, thisdesire for change and the dream she had died. What Elizabeth hates inher husband is that he did not help her live the life of her dreamsand he made no effort to change their life full of poverty. Instead,Tom Willard does everything possible to put his wife out of his mindand distance himself from the failing hotel business. Elizabeththinks that Tom is a failure and that everything he says depictsfailure, and therefore she calls Tom’s voice the voice of evil. Ofcourse, Mrs. Willard thinks about her life before and after marriageand thinks that her life before marriage was better than it is aftermarriage. Her thoughts and actions are triggered by her life aftermarriage, and the book would make readers understand this by tellingmore about her life before and after she married Tom.
Q2.George’s father is indeed a failure in life. However, he firmlybelieves that he is not a failure when he says that because George ishis son, he cannot be a failure and must succeed in life. Also,George’s father is afraid of his wife because while in the streets,he sometimes stopped and turned quickly as he feared that the spiritof his wife would follow him.
Q3.In the end, George is trying to say that he is living his parents`house to start his life elsewhere. Of course, the mother gets what heis trying to say she is so overwhelmed with joy that it becomesimpossible for her to respond.
Anderson,Sherwood. "Winesburg, Ohio. 1919." TheUniversity of Osnabrueck E-Library of American Literature(1992).
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