Monday, May 29, 2017

Downloading To The Picture (Analysis Of The Short Story "The Turkey Season" By Alice Munro)

Imagine as we are watching the old picture with a group of workers which would be taken in the time of Christmas Eve. Let's look at their faces and try to guess their thoughts, work, everyday life.

The story "The turkey season" was written by a Nobel Prize author in a style of a very precisely made description. As We can read on the Internet, Munro's works are compared with the Chekhov's stories, as a plot is secondary and "little happens".

The plot is about a fourteen years old girl who tells a story of her working in a turkey barn in a rural American or Canadian district. She describes the process of preparing turkeys for selling: "I saw them hanging upside down, plucked and stiffened, pale and cold, with the heads and necks limp, the eyes and nostrils clotted with dark blood; the remaining bits of feathers ...". After this expressive description without any aversions, she makes a characteristic of workers giving very understandable for readers details. The author writes about their relationships and shares her own impression of each of them.

The author reasons about her workmates making conclusions like "There are different ways women have of talking about their looks".

There are no sentiments in their relationships. The snippet below from the story shows it very well:

Her husband was cruel to her in those days, but later he suffered an accident—he rolled the tractor and was so badly hurt he would be an invalid all his life. They moved to town, and Marjorie was the boss now.

"He starts to sulk the other night and say he don't want his supper. Well, I just picked up his wrist and held it. He was scared I was going to twist his arm. He could see I'd do it. So I say, 'You what?' And he says, 'I'll eat it.'"

But this incident doesn't make the image of Marjorie ugly, it adds just realistic details in her personality.

The plot of the story includes something like a climax about a strange guy named Brain who eventually was expelled from the barn. The reasons of this accident are not clear. It leads us to the conclusion that the plot-line of the story is not important, as the important description. The author leads us in the atmosphere of a rural American life in the middle of a previous century. The mind draws the black and white pictures probably because the writer tells the story from her deep past trying to explain her notion about that time but keeping distance between nowadays and the past. This gains a recognition from the public.

It seems simple: how to become the Nobel laureate in literature, just write what you see and feel.

This story was discussed and corrected by the teacher Maria in online school

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