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The Prussian Officer

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Jacklyn Potts

on 9 May 2014

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Transcript of The Prussian Officer

This short story tells the tale of a bitter old soldier who takes his loss of love out on a young orderly who writes letters to his beloved. The plot is linear most of the time with a few subplots that don't draw your attention away from the main plot. We would recommend this to you if you have the time to read nearly twenty pages and enjoy an interesting story.
Plot Summary
In the short story by D.H. Lawrence written in England 1914, a Prussian officer and his orderly suffer through several disputes due to the officer's sexual frustration. The debacles between the two gradually increase in brutality, ultimately leading to the officer's murder and the orderly's death.
Set during World War I in a lush Bavarian Valley.

Language/ Style
The language style used by Lawrence is greatly represented through the diction and creates a gloomy mood throughout the short story. The story is slightly difficult to read considering it was originally written in Russian but the message is still conceived that all men are equal in death.
Irony Symbolism
The type of irony in the short story is situational irony because at the end of the story the doctor places the officer and the orderly side by side, despite their rank, and social differences. This shows that all individuals are equals after death, and all debacles forgotten.
The Prussian Officer
by D.H. Lawrence

Character Analysis
Point Of View
Third Person, Omniscient, Objective
Narrator: unknown to the reader

Tone: Gloomy, Mysterious and Dark
Mood: Depressed, Shocked,
The relationship between the orderly and the officer can be related to Romeo and Juliet concerning Mercutio and Romeo. Romeo is pertaining to the officer and Mercutio to the orderly. Because Mercutio follows the order to not kill Tybalt and thus caused his downfall, then Mercutio states that he does not like Romeo.
In the work Hansel and Gretel, Major Frankel and the Oberfuher pertain to the orderly and officer respecitvely. Major Frankel is forced to follow the Oberfuher's orders, which gives the Major a tough time. However, in the end their differences are cast aside and they meet a similar fate as the orderly and the officer.
Officer: Tall former Prussian aristocrat about forty with short red hair and cold blue eyes. Haughty, sexually confused and an irritable man, who suppresses his emotions . Driven by his anger towards the orderly's content and solemn behavior.

Schooner: Orderly to the captain, well built of average height man about twenty-two with dark hair. Acts straight off his instincts, vigorous attentive worker. Driven by his desire to obey his master.
-What happens prior to death is forgotten
- Psychological suppression
-The inability to controls one's emotions
-people are all equal once they are dead
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