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The Lockless Door Analysis

By Amnah and Ava
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Amnah Saleem

on 1 February 2013

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The Lockless Door Analysis By Amnah S. and Ava B. 8E Main Idea Shifts Title Revisited Attitude Title Techniques Facts We think that the title is referencing something, whether it is a memory, a person or something else, that the narrator of the story cannot get away from. We think that it might also mean that the narrator wants something to stay out of his mind but is either not able to forget it or is not entirely sure that he wants it forgotten since the absence of the lock still allows things to get in. We didn't find all that many, but one could consider the part where he says, "I emptied my cage," to be a metaphor. He most likely wasn't living in a cage since it has both a door and a window that leads outside after a drop. We felt that this was important to the poem because it seems to imply that the room or place he was in was a prison or very isolated since ac cage isolates what's inside from what's outside. This seemed crucial to know because it lets us know that he thought the room was trapping him. I suppose you could say that, "To hide in the world," would be an oxymoron because, compared to an isolated room where no one has visited for a while, hiding in the world would be like hiding in plain sight. The idea that the author was willing to hide in plain sight where he can meet anyone to get away from what's behind the door tells us that maybe he was only hiding from the thing behind the door and not people. Also, the door is knocked twice implying that whatever is behind is not going to go away.The rhyme scheme and length of sentences is fairly consistent. While Robert Frost's sentences were consistently long throughout the poem-four lines each with each line being about the same length-he wrote them in a way that made them seem short and abrupt. This provides a sense of excitement but the poem overall still seems apprehensive and hesitant which adds to the suspense. The narrator seems apprehensive about what's behind the door and hesitant to open it. The overall mood given by this poem was gloominess which undertones of anxiousness. We felt like the poem also had an underlying mood of naive fright to it since the narrator is not truly very afraid of what's behind the door, but he is more anxious like he knows that something bad is behind it. Curiosity is another aspect of the poem because even though he is slightly scared of what's behind the door, he invites it in, albeit from outside the room. Well, the first shift is in the second line where he says, "But at last came a knock." Before this, time was just going on by, years had past, but suddenly, there was a knock at his lockless door. Blowing out his candle, he goes to the door and prays, for whatever is behind that to go away possibly. However, the knock comes again, despite his prayers. This is depicted by the line, "But the knock came again." Due to this, he doesn't bother staying in his room but goes outside. The mood of the story seems to go from apprehensive and slightly frightened about what lies behind the door to resigned and more set in stone as if the character decided that his only chance of getting away was to hide himself no matter what was behind the door. I feel we were pretty accurate. The poem does seem to be about something that the narrator could not get away from, an unavoidable truth. However, I feel that we were wrong about him possibly wanting whatever was behind that to come in. He left the room for a reason and praying to the door suggests that he did not want whatever was behind that door to come in either. At the end of the day, I think we got the basics right; that something or someone is haunting him and he can't get away from it We think that the main idea of the poem is that you cannot keep running away from your problems like the narrator did in this poem. He knew that he should have opened it, implying that he should have faced his problem, but he didn't. When he was praying to the door, yet the knock came again, he seemed to be resigned and emptied the contents of his "cage" to run away. However, we feel like the poem is trying to say that no matter how much you run away, your problems, regrets and old memories will come back to you and you have to deal with them. You can't keep packing up you bags every time they come along hoping the problems will just dissipate on their own. Also, the way the narrator acts when the knock comes again, as if his fate is sealed gives away that he has been through this before and and that he just consistently runs away from his problem. The way he describes the room as a cage is, we believe, like saying that his problem is entrapping him and possibly, in trying to avoid the problem, he is isolating himself from others. Who? We believe that Robert Frost himself is the narrator since the person in the poem refers to himself as, “I.” This also made us come to the conclusion that the point of view was first person. Due to the usage of, "I," one can only assume that the, "I," refers to the person who wrote the poem. Other Characters: We do not believe there are truly any other characters in this poem other than the narrator himself. Seeing that our narrator runs out of his room to the outside when there is a knock on his door makes us believe that he was isolated. Isolation means that the character was completely alone without any other characters there. However, the person or thing that is knocking on the door may be another character, but we feel that the knocking is metaphorical. Not to say that there wasn't a knock, but to say that a person may not be knocking and instead it was a thing calling. Where? We think that this takes place, obviously in a room with a door that has no lock. In his room, there has to be a candle because he mentions blowing it out. Right after that, he says that he, "tip-toed the floor," which makes us believe that he may have creaky floorboards or loud tiles that amplify the sound of walking. This window has a room with a sill outside. Wherever he lives, it can't be that high up due to the fact that he says he descended outside. This would've been hard for someone to do if they had been very high up. Personally, we believe that this all happened on planet Earth because he mentions that he is going to go hide in the world and thus far, and this is a while after the poem came out, we have found no planets populated enough to hide one single human being. When? Both of us think that it took place many years ago because, unless there are blackouts, most people do not use candles for light regularly. However, the person in this poem blows out the light, a candle we assumed, like we would turn off the light if we want someone to believe that we are not there. The need for a light also makes us believe that it was night. Back then, candles weren't typically used recreationally, so the use of a light suggests that the poem was set at night. What? Many different things could be going on in this poem. One idea we thought of is that the narrator is a fallen angel. This angel is being visited by an archangel. Being angels, they don't just barge into other people's rooms, so when the knock came at last for the fallen angel to get his punishment. So, he prayed, hoping that he would be forgiven, but the knock came again. Thus, the fallen angel leaves the room or prison because later on in the poem, it is called a cage, and descends down to earth where he becomes mortal to, "alter with age."

Our other idea was that this man is dying and Robert Frost is trying to portray the grim reaper, an embodiment of death, is knocking at the door. The man didn't want to die so he tried to hide from it in an isolated cage-like room, but at the end of the poem, after allowing death in, he goes out into the world and allows himself to age and die.

Our last, and most plausible idea is that the narrator is running away from an old memory or problem. We think, because of his frightened, slightly frantic praying, potentially to hope that the problem would go away, he already knew about this memory or problem. We believe that it was the old problem or memory knocking on his door and because of the sudden shift from apprehensiveness to being resigned when the second knock came, he had already run away from it before. When the second knock comes, he does not continue to try and hope the memory or problem doesn't come in, instead, he empties his room and leaves out the window. By his calling his room "cage", we think that this memory he hasn't gotten over or problem he hasn't solved is scaring and bothering him to the point of complete isolation. Until he fixes it, he is trapped and the problem will come knocking come knocking wherever he hides next in the world. Basically, I think he's trying to say that whatever is at the door is impossibly to get away from so he either throws in the towel or hides. The literal explanation of what happened is that, after many years, a knock comes on the lockless door of a person living in an isolated room. When the knock comes, no one knows from what, the man blows out his candle or light, and quietly walks to the door to pray. When the knock comes again, the man walks to his open window, climbs on to a sill and then down to the ground outside. He does this as he calls whatever was behind that door to come in. When he gets to the ground, he blends into and hides in the world.
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