In The Park Gwen Harwood Themes

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Changing Perspectives in Prize-Giving Gwen Harwood craftily constructs the character of Eisenbart (German for Greybeard – a noted nuclear physicist) to illustrate the contrast between a narrow mature rational scientific mind with a younger precocious genius combining both intellect and passion. The older man is depicted as vain, arrogant, pretentious and dull, stuffy, trapped in an insular parochial stable and smug world while the younger girl combines both technical achievement and passion. Eisenbart comes across as rude and superior by reluctantly deigning to attend the Assembly to primarily to flaunt his superiority. Even his distinction and dignity is qualified as an “unspecified kind”. Through clever use of structural irony, a fluctuating tone and subtle use of colour and images, Harwood abrasively undercuts Eisenbart’s pomposity and he is made to see himself as the fool he is. Despite his intellectual supremacy and the initial adulation, when…show more content…
The dominant motif of motherhood in artist history (Madonna and Child) usually emphasizes the positive aspects. The choice of a sonnet form with a regular rhyme pattern ironically contrasts with the bleak flat monotone of a rather depressing frumpy view of motherhood. The pejorative choice of words including the bland clichés trivialize and depreciate the role of the mother making her appear to be the loser in life while the “neat” head of the man appears positive and affirming. The truth could easily be inverted where he is lonely and unfulfilled while she is cherished and valued. The perspective you choose to view it from determines the final consensus. The image of “flickering light” reinforces the ebbing hope she has for the future. The Glass

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