This is to be handed in to the teacher at the end of the lesson. By the next day, Arnold, too, comes to accept this opinion of himself, and in one heartfelt moment, transforms himself into such a being. Through the title, Berriault compares Arnold to an inanimate object, but through her similes, she gives inanimate objects human qualities, drawing a connection between feeling and its absence. The death of Eugie means the death of the young man that Arnold would have become. She claims to make the acquaintance of no critics, is not a member of any writing societies, and refuses to share any anecdotes about her life. This failure of the family to experience their grief and pain together will only perpetuate further miscommunication and alienation. In a story composed mostly of realistic exposition, this title stands out as a striking metaphor.
An interview with Berriault, in The Literary Review, Summer, 1994, pp. Arnold is the youngest child of the family and feels that he is in a subordinate position to his older brother Eugie. Such a stunted self-image makes it impossible for Arnold to process these new feelings of superiority. While The Stone Boy does not employ intricate narrative devices, it nevertheless presents a full, compelling story. Sarah Madsen Hardy Madsen Hardy has a doctorate in and is a freelance writer and editor.
The Beatniks, or Beats, were a small group of writers who challenged the social conformity that ran rampant. At the beginning of the story, Arnold demonstrates his unease at being in any way superior to Eugie, even if this only manifests itself through his ability to wake up earlier than his brother. While the use of new machinery boosted production, it effectively reduced the labor force, which partially accounts for the drop in farm population. The theme also can be found in examination of the family itself; by the time the story concludes, the family truly no longer exists. Undeniably, Arnold is emotionally numb. Source: Rena Korb, for Short Stories for Students, The Gale Group, 2000.
May you hear the orchestration, witness the artistry and feel the emotion which words do little justice. For Arnold does not immediately return to his family and tell them what happened; instead, he continues with the task he set out to do that morning: picking peas. The grief of brothers and sisters is often underestimated; sometimes they are openly pushed out of the way. Teenagers were not immune from this conformity, and many observers dubbed middle-class youth the silent generation because they did not protest against societal demands. Stone is cold and inert.
Review of Infinite Passions of Expectation, by Gina Berriault, in New York Times Book Review, Vol. Most children find it difficult to sort out feelings from actions and may believe, or half-believe, that the anger they felt on the morning of the death actually caused or contributed to it. Arnold realizes, when his father and Uncle Andy ask him about the accident, that it is his own response that is so troubling to the adults. One night they went duck hunting but all out of blue that Arnold accidentally shoots Eugene with a gun which his father gives him, so that leaves Eugene dead and his responsible. Provide outside examples of figurative language. Just like any other child, he starts blaming himself, for there is no one near him to tell that it was just a terrible accident, that he is not responsible for it. In essence, by the end of the story, Arnold has lost his very soul.
Uncle Andy See Andy Arnold Nine-year-old Arnold is the protagonist of the story. After he has told his parents that Eugie is dead, he runs out to the barn to hide in the loft—again, very typical behavior. Student volunteers will share theirs with the class. He tells them that Eugie is dead. Of the American households with guns, 40 percent also had children in the house. His state of undress symbolizes his feeling that his family and his community have seen through his skin, into the hidden recesses of his heart.
Yet, he is so accustomed to seeing himself through the eyes of others that he makes no effort to negate this identity and carve out a new one, an identity that feels comfortable to him and aptly reflects his interior self. The Decline of the American Farm Family In the early years of the , farming was the main economic activity of Americans. Instead, from his crouching position, he fell to his knees and then pitched forward onto his face. Arnold understands that his parents are acknowledging his existence. Finally, the sheriff concludes that Arnold is either stupid or a boy with no feelings, but he believes in the latter. No wonder that it causes further alienation of Arnold. It discharges, and a bullet lodges in the neck of his older brother, Eugie.
Nor is the community guiltless in the tragedy. The theme of violence, however, is far more disquieting in its mere threat. Like Arnold, she is doing her best to bear an unbearable grief. Berriault uses similes to the same effect. .
My stories give my view on a number of issues and I hope the world appreciates my contribution. His mother has rejected his bid for comfort, and he has in turn denied this bid. The next morning, however, Arnold almost grasps a chance at rehabilitation. The best writers employ figurative language such as metaphors and similes not just to make their writing sound beautiful or interesting, but to emphasize their ideas and add dimension to their characters. For any sane individual to kill another human being is a horrible tragedy. Verbal communication remains on both sides reasonable and cruel. Skirting on the edge of violence and danger, such movies raised the possibility of bad things happening in what many adults viewed as an orderly world.