Bliss and Sorrow Begins and Ends Love

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Bliss and Sorrow Begins and Ends Love Throughout texts and other literary devices, many various authors have used conflicts as an element to introduce love into their stories. In Robert Frost’s “Home Burial,” Bobbie Ann Mason’s “Shiloh,” and Katherine Ann Porter’s, “Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” such conflicts are introduced and used to project love differently. The three authors show how the loss of a loved one can be either tragic or pleasant. The setting of the poem, “Home Burial,” is gravely important to the dispute between husband and wife. In the beginning of the story, Frost places the wife standing at the top of the stairs and grieving while her husband is at the bottom of the stairs emotionally inferior and indifferent towards the death of their only son. In this sense, the house is flawed and in order to correct this flaw, the man begins to climb the stairs. Once the man and wife are both on the same level, the wife runs to the bottom of the stairs and threatens to leave the house entirely because of the man’s indifferent emotions. The husband wants his wife to stay home, because he feels she is overreacting. However the wife leaves, confining the husband to his home alone. In this poem the husband takes on a stereotypical role in the marriage by being the stronger person of the relationship. He strives for control of the situation and pretends to not care much that he just buried his son. He hides his emotions and changes the subject to the rot he found on the fence. At first he wonders why his wife is crying and becomes angry with him, but once she explodes at him, confessing all her feelings, and threatens to leave him, he states that, “There, you have said it all and you feel better. / You won’t go now. You’re crying. Close the door. / The heart’s gone out of it: why keep it up.” (Frost 751). During the time Frost wrote the poem, men who expressed
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