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Copy of Analysis on The Fly In The Ointment

This is an analysis by Caleb,Jed,Kelly and Linda on The Fly In The Ointment which was written by V.S.Pritchett in 1932.

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on 5 November 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Analysis on The Fly In The Ointment

Analysis on The Fly in the Ointment
By Kelly, Linda Jed and Caleb
We've identified 3 main themes in the story:
Double Personalities
Relationship (father&son)
Themes of the Story
The father
-lust for money shown from time to time
- His desire for money has created conflicts in him and that in the end he is completely being controlled by that.
Quote: "Raise it?" said the old man sharply. "Why didn't you tell me before you could raise money? How can you raise it? Where? By when?"
The theme of money plays a great part in the story.
The consecutive series of questions shows that he is very excited about his son's offer of money.
Harold’s father in this short story, appears to have two personalities or “two faces” one outer face and one inner face.
The inner face: pessimistic, greedy, snobbish, cold, selfish, money-loving. It is surrounded by the big face .
Relationship : Father&Son
The relationship between Harold and his father is very distant and stoic.
This might due to the fact that his father has spent thirty years on his work instead of being a family man.
Quote: It was his father's last day at his factory, the last day of thirty years' work and lfe among these streets.
Quote: “Have a cup?”
“No, thanks,” said the son, “I have had my tea.”
They are very polite to each other which makes them seem very distant as if they are not father and son but two businessman.
The meaning of the story
The story is basically about a son trying to be caring and helpful to his father when his father met a huge setback ,bankruptcy, in his career.
The father tries to be optimistic and he restrain his need of money and start another steady kind of life but when the son starts to offer him money his desire for money has came out again strongly and he is controlled by it.
Meaning of the title
problem that is not apparent at first.
“the fly”
-the son offering his father the money
“The ointment”
solution for his father’s situation
just let things go and forget about his bankruptcy so that he can do other things such as spend time with his family and to “go to a nice little cottage by the sea”.
The title is a metaphorical use
The use of different punctuation shows the character’s different emotions more effectively.
Quote: For heaven’s sake, he wanted to shout, Don’t!
Quote: “I thought I’d come along, I… to see how you were.”
“I’m not like you… I…”
shy, nervous, careful
Typical short story (paragraphs, dialogue, emotive language, etc.)
Cleary focuses on a single conversation
Characters’ minds and emotions are gradually built up and changed
throughout the conversation.
Story ends with a sudden twist of the old man's personality-- he changes back to his money-loving side again
Quote: “Raise it?” said the old man sharply. “ Why didn’t you tell me before you could raise money? How can you raise it? Where? By when?”
The story was written in 1932, three years after the Wall street crash and the great depression.
Britain’s recovery from the Great depression is slow.
This links in with Harold's fathers company going bankrupt and him losing all of his money
To show how stressful and
dead the society is after the Great Depression and also to show the
huge difference
between the rich and the poor
To reflect in real life how clueless those business men were in England after the Great Depression
To satirize the negative effect of money on people and how money can take control of a person's mind and hopefully reader would reconsider the idea of money.
Outer face : optimistic, caring, loving,
Quote: 'naturally i had to come' said the son,shyly also.
shyly--uncomfortable with expressing his concerns to his father
Relationship: not close, stoic
Quote: Now, like the harvest moon in full glow, the father's face shone up at his son.
harvest moon---father's face = pleasant, harmonious , caring outer face
Quote: under the ceiling of level mud-coloured cloud. the latest office buildings of the city stood out alramingly like new tombstones...
unemployed men and one or two beggars...
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