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Copy of " The Moving Finger."
Transcript of Copy of " The Moving Finger."
By Edith Wharton
1830 Background to Edith Wharton She was born to, George Fredrick Jones and Lucretia Stevens Rhinelander in New York City. She has got two brothers. The saying "Keeping up with the Joneses is said to be about her fathers family. In 1885, Edith married a man of her same social class, Edward Wharton. Her husband, however, suffered from acute depression. the illness reached a stage of being incurable and it was at this point that Edith divorced Edward. Apart from writing, Edith was also a garden designer as well as an interior decorator. She designed her estate, The Mount, in which she resides. The main theme of the story is rivalry. There is constant rivalry between Mr Grancy and Claydon. This rivalry is evident on page 78, (Stories Of Ourselves, University of Cambridge International Examinations), when Grancy explains the manner in which Claydon painted Mrs Grancy. He says, "I wonder, sometimes, at his knowing how she looked when she and i were alone." From this sentence we ca deduce that Claydon and Mrs Grancy had had an affair. Claydon would not otherwise have known ow Mrs Grancy looked at Mr Grancy when they were alone The looked was special and intimate.
On page 82, (Stories Of Ourselves, University of Cambridge International Examinations), Claydon says to the narrator, "How could i not? Doesn't she belong to me now?" almost as i Mrs Grancy were some sort of possession that both men are fighting over. Both men then, in turn, started hating each other because both of them want something belonging to the other.
The rivalry intensifies when Mr Grancy asks Claydon to age the portrait. Mr Grancy feels that Mrs Grancy should age along with him because he felt that the portrait is what divided him from Mrs Grancy and that Mrs Grancy would have hated to be left behind,
Themes Symbolism GENRE The author's purpose ties in with the themes of the story. To show the power of love and how it effects people. How it can cause rivalry between two people, how rivalry can ruin relationships and can eat on the sub-conscious of people. Also, he story shows us how guilt weighs down on you and will eventually drive you mad. Author's purpose The story is told in first person. The narrator seems to be a colleague of Mr Grancy and an acquaintance of Claydon. Plot... Edith Wharton was born January 24th 1862 and died at the age of 75, on August 11th 1937.
"The Age Of Innocence" won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for literature, making Edith the first woman to win this award. Themes Continued (continue from previous point) Claydon then, under the orders or Grancy, had to age his painting. A painting Claydon claimed to be a masterpiece. It killed Claydon to have to make adjustments to his masterpiece, "When he came home and sent for me to change the picture t was like asking me to commit murder." [Page 83, Stories Of Ourselves, University of Cambridge International Examinations]
Both men felt like they owned a piece of Mrs Grancy, "There was one side of her, though, that was mine alone." Another theme i that was evident, was a sense of supernatural elements. Mr Grancy believed that Mrs Grancy's ghost still lived with him through the portrait. It gives him the illusion that Mrs Grancy is still alive. This also adds to the need of Mr Grancy wanting Claydon to age the portrait, "How she would have hated to be left behind." Claydon, on the other hand, believes that he made the changes to the portrait under the orders of Mrs Grancy, "Anyhow, as i sat looking up at her, she seemed to say, "I'm not yours but his, and i want you to make me what he wishes." And so i did." [Page 83, Stories Of Ourselves, University of Cambridge International Examinations] Themes Contiued Claydon feels that the only reason he made the first and second changes o the painting, was because Mrs Grancy had told him to do so. "It was her face that told me he was dying, and that she wanted him to know it!" [page 83, Stories Of Ourselves, University of Cambridge International Examinations]. Claydon believes that Mrs Grancy wanted him to paint the "knowing look" on her portrait, the look that told Mr Grancy that she knew he was dying. Claydon is using Mrs Grancy's "telling" him as an excuse to ease his conscience. He knows deep down that he, not only, indirectly, killed Mr Grancy, but killed Mrs Grancy by ruining his masterpiece. All because Mrs Grancy had "told" him to do so. A dead, Mrs Grancy influences events in the story. There is symbolism of the number 3. There is 3 re-paintings of the portrait, there are the deaths of 3 main characters and there is a love TRIangle, the second wife dies three years after their marriage, and Mr Grancy could be seen as having 3 wives: the first Mrs Grancy, the second Mrs Grancy and the spirit of the second Mrs Grancy, who is believed to influence two main characters in the story.
The number 3 is a time identifier, it represents the past, present and the future. In the story, Mr Grancy has Claydon age the painting because he claims that his wife wouldn't want to be left behind. consecutive threes may symbolize the need to express yourself creatively. The whole story revolves around a painting, a piece of art, a painting which Claydon says is his masterpiece. I think that the story has elements of both Drama and Romance. The rivalries are because of both men's love for Mrs Grancy and i believe that it's a drama because it allows us to see an in-depth view of these characters dealing with their various emotions and handling situations. Symbolism continued The portrait represents a different Mrs Grancy. This is a side that both men see in their favour. For Mr Grancy, it's his wife living and existing alongside him whereas Claydon sees the Mrs Grancy in the portrait as a type of self-conscious, she conducts his thoughts. Point of view The Moving Finger is a story which follows two men, Mr Grancy and a painter, Claydon and their rivalry. Mr Grancy is a widower that has a painting of his late wife. He believes that by aging the painting along with him that his wife will live on. This painting causes rivalry with the painter who claims the painting to be one of his best works. It is revealed that Claydon has deep feelings for Mrs Grancy and believes that he owns a part of her.