The issue at Hand (Sherwood Andersons Hands)

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The issue at Hand Sherwood Anderson’s “Hands” is told in third person, by an unseen narrator whom takes no part in the story and has a limited amount of insight to what really is going on in the minds of the characters. The reader is able to pick up on this by noticing the detail and way Anderson goes about depicting what is occurring in “Hands.” The narrator observes closely as Wing Biddlebaum paces up and down on his veranda and knows that Wing is hoping for a visit from George Willard. But when the young woman on the wagon mocks Wing's baldness, the narrator does not report any emotional reaction from Wing. Does the remark hurt his feelings? Does he share in the joke? The narrator is only limited to give in account the physical signs of Wing's response, saying that Wing's "nervous little hands fiddled about the bare white forehead as though arranging a mass of tangled locks." (citation) Because of this it difficult to pin point a reason as to why Wing has developed his fixation with having to hide his hands. Forrest L. Ingram, writer of Representative Short Story Cycles Of The Twentieth Century expresses that Anderson creates a theme of a “growing passion for dreams.” (175) Ingram goes on to explain how “Wing Biddlebaum ,even when Adolph Meyers, used to sit until dusk ‘lost in a kind of dream,’ talking to his students.”(175) While most reader might anticipate finding the way Biddlebaum caressed the young boys to be something inappropriate. Ingram depicts this caressing with the hands to only be part of Biddlebaums effort to ‘carry a dream into the young minds.’(Anderson 3) Leaving the boys to respond and also dream, but rather dreams that are inappropriate. This reality in the story of this boy not only having half-witted dreams of “unspeakable things” in his bed at night, then going forward spreading the rumor the next morning about something that didn’t
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