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THE DOOR IN THE WALL
Transcript of THE DOOR IN THE WALL
THE DOOR IN THE WALL
Redmond - Redmond is a trustworthy and attentive friend towards Wallace. He is only a secondary character as he narrates the story from the point of view of Wallace.
Wallace -He is illustrated as a bewildered man who is in a dilemma in which he does not know how to get out of. Wallace is the protagonist in the story as he pursues the truth behind "The door in the wall". He is a restless character that is ambitious throughout the story.
Father of Wallace - The father of Wallace is shown to be the antagonist in this story as he oppresses the belief of the imaginary world Wallace said to have visited. He is portrayed as a arrogant and fierce father.
Wallace is just a boy when he tells the story of his first encounter with this door in the wall in West Kensington, London, England where he grew up. In his hallucinations Wallace is still in the same neighborhood but everything that makes him at peace is found in his imagination. He describes this alternate reality of his as "the enchanted garden" and "clean and perfect and subtly luminous". This alternate area is spoken very highly of by Walter as if it were perfect.
The Door In The Wall by H.G. Wells depicts appearance vs reality through the lens of Wallace. He is perplexed after his experiences entering his imagination and struggles to accommodate to reality.
BY: H.G Wells
Redmond and his old friend Wallace
are conversing, when Wallace tells
Redmond a story about him as a lonely child who wandered out of his home into the streets of West Kensington in London, where he noticed a green door set in a white wall.
Young Wallace gives in to the temptation and
decides to prioritizes his needs over
getting approval, so he goes
through the door into an
Wallace describes the garden and says that
once he leaves he tries to tell his father and
aunt, and is punished for telling what his father assumes is a lie. In time, and as a result of this punishment, Wallace succeeds in suppressing the memory. But he can never quite forget it completely and often dreams of revisiting the garden.
Wallace hates how the door made him look like a
fool and haunt him. So, he sees the door for the second time on his way
to get a scholarship for university but does not go through the door.
The Door in the Wall by H.G Wells is a very interesting and tragic story. Wallace lived in West Kensington, London. One day he wondered off alone in the gloomy streets of his home town when he noticed a green door which was conveniently placed in a white wall. He had a strange attraction to this particular door. He had the desire to open it, however in the back of his head, he imagined his father not approving. His father was very strict with him but at the same time showed him minimal attention. However all these factors aside, his curiosity persuaded him to open the door. He finds himself in an enchanted garden which he sees as paradise. The way he described it made it seem like a fairy tale, a “Narnia” of some sort. He sees 2 panthers, blossomed flowers, beautiful trees, and a girl who leads him into an area where there are laughing children playing games. He sees a woman who begins reading a book to him, soon he figures out that the story she is reading, is based on Wallace’s life, up until the point where he finds the green door. Suddenly the magical world vanishes into thin air and Wallace finds himself in the streets of Kensington once more. He wonders if he was just day dreaming, or if what he experienced was real. As he gets older, throughout his life he unexpectedly sees the same green door in various parts London. However each time he comes across the door he is in a rush for an important commitment such as a vital division in the House of Commons. Therefore he does not stop to open the door. As time continues, he is filled with regret, wondering what could have happened if he opened the door once more, if what he saw was real. It got to the point where he went crazy and was incapable of working. One tragic day, he is found dead at a dangerous construction sight, due to the fact that he believed one of the doors at the sight was the magical green door.
Wallace tells his friend Redmond that three times in the past year he has seen the door, and on each occasion he has passed it by: once because he was on his way to a vital division in the House of Commons; once, significantly, because he was hurrying to his father’s deathbed and once because he wished, for reasons of personal ambition.
After, the third time he sees the door he
never sees it again, and not going in
haunts him for the rest of his life.
One day a few months later, Wallace is found dead, having apparently mistaken a door at a dangerous construction sight for the “magic door” .
Once he entered he fell to his death. His
death is tragic but it resolves his conflict of being
haunted because he did not go through the door
when he could (Self vs. Self)
Self vs. Self- His imagination vs.
reality (is the door real)
Self decisions vs. consequences
(what will happen if he goes
through the door)
Wallace's main conflict is having to choose between the rational world and the world of imagination in his life. A successful politician, he is haunted by the recurrent vision of an inviting door in a wall. He knows if he opens the door he will enter a magical world of happiness and fancy, but because of the demands of life and his career, he never has a chance. By the end of the story, when he apparently finally decides to allow himself to open the door, he makes a fatal error. His long denial of the imaginative side of his nature has left him unable to distinguish fantasy from reality.
The Door In The Wall, by H.G Wells portrays the consequences of one mans
decision to enter a fictitious state of mind and leave it with the inability to tell apart appearance from reality. This story suggests the fact that every decision an individual makes has both a positive and a negative outcome to it and serves the purpose of showing how humans prioritize certain means over others.
Structural Analysis: Plot
Point: The plot of the story supports and reinforces the thesis statement on itself.
Proof: In the The Door in the wall, Lionel Wallace goes through the door despite his father not approving of it as seen in the following quote:
“ [His] father would be very angry if he went through that door.”
Wallace clearly knew that the negative side of him going through the door
was that his father did not approve, yet we see that he prioritizes fulfilling
his own emptiness over seeking his father's approval. This shows how
there is a positive side and a negative side to his decision of going into the
door and it also shows how people prioritize certain means over other, in
this case Wallace’s emptiness was prioritized over his father's approval.
The streets of West Kensington in London
The enchanted garden behind the door
- Inspiring atmosphere
- Various animals and two tamed panthers
- Described as a child’s paradise
- Flowers and shady trees
Relevance of the garden:
It is seen how the plot is affected by the setting.
He finds positivity and negativity by going into the
garden which is how Location supports the thesis.
The location and it's setting altered Wallace’s perspective
It also took him from an unwanted mood and turned him carefree
It became an addiction sort of, He always wanted to come back for more
Wallace always had the door on his mind
It help him escape reality and made him feel like he was in paradise
Point: Plenty of dashes are used in the short story to mark off the
information which isn't majorly essential for the understanding of the story but
helps us with a more in-depth meaning to the text.
● Proof: “He insisted upon it as a curious thing that he knew from the very
beginning--unless memory has played him the queerest trick--that the
door was unfastened, and that he could go in as he chose” (Wells 26-27)
● It isn't clear if Wallace’s memory had played a trick on him on not, it is not
important to understand what is actually occurring in the story. Even though the
information gives the readers greater comprehension to how the door
has negative impacts on Wallace and his dear life.
Imagery - “all one bright uniform crimson in a clear amber sunshine against a
white wall. That came into the impression somehow, though I don't clearly
remember how, and there were horse-chestnut leaves upon the clean
pavement outside the green door. They were blotched yellow and green, you
know, not brown nor dirty, so that they must have been new fallen.”
Literary devices like imagery, was a decision made by Wells. Using
these particular literary devices show that Wells prioritized these devices over
others because they emphasize the message of the story and allow the reader
to visualize and understand the story better. Wells’ decision to use these
imagery has both a positive and negative sides.
Negative: The story's elements are not as diverse because not as many literary devices are used
Positive: Allows reader to visualize and understand the story better
After analyzing the cognitive elements of design, it's fully proven
that H. G. Wells’ “The Door In The Wall” shows the various
aspects of one's judgement and how people prioritize
certain means over others. It also shows that every decision an individual makes has both a positive and a negative outcome to it and serves the purpose of showing how humans prioritize certain means over others.