Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Fall

For the fall in the "Rise of Silas Lapham" i did not see this as a bad thing. The Fall had good outcomes in the end for the characters. By this I mean they no character within this story lost everything and was destroyed. Some examples will follow these statements. Irene during this fall had a positive outcome. Do to Corey being in love with his sister Irene had to grow up fast. She started out as a child that was just truly childish. After this event she grew up and learned that she can get over things and how to be more helpful with certain things. Silas's wife actually lost nothing in this i feel. This event caused her to stress and lose her "lavish" life style. Once this event was over she moved back to what she married into and had a happily married daughter. I would say she was the least affected by this even. Penelope had a hard time when she first found out about Corey. From this I would say she learned that all things can turn out well and there is no point stressing over things that are out of your control. Plus she married into a very wealthy family and got a loving husband. Silas lost all of his funds and his new life style but he learned that he can be very happy just by being a very ethical person. He was too ethical from my point of view, but he did what he thought was right. Out of this whole thing Silas just moved back to his farm where he can live a relaxed life, and also he felt so proud that Corey was taken in by the other paint company upon his recommendation. All of the characters within this story had a hard time, but it turned out for the better in the end. They all got learn that life is hard but can still be good no matter what it throws at them. Plus if you really think about it they didn't lose anything besides the ability to spend more money then they know what to do with.

1 comment:

  1. Those are good points about the good parts of the "fall," Charles. Without the fall, Irene wouldn't have grown up--and, as you say, Silas could finally relax, even though he's still doing hard work on the farm. The novel also supports your idea that they didn't know how to spend their money, anyway.