The Widow And Her Son

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The Widow And Her Son

  1. 1. The widow and her son<br />“…the sorrows of a widow, aged, solitary, destitute, mourning over an only son, the last solace of her years: these are indeed sorrows which make us feel the impotency of consolation”<br />By Washington Irving<br />
  2. 2. Settings<br />PLACE:<br />The author talks about the landscape rural area (farm, hill, knoll, meadow) in England describes some places, for instance a Gothic Church and its yard.<br /><ul><li>England: “…the passive quite of an English landscape on Sunday…”
  3. 3. Rural area: “… and all other sounds of rural labor…”
  4. 4. Church: “…I used frequently to attend at the old village church…”</li></li></ul><li>TIME:<br />The term Gothic was first used during the later Renaissance. Irving describes Gothic architecture (church) also a day of devotion, very important in Catholic religion. <br /><ul><li>12th to 16th Century : “… The church was surrounded by yew trees,(...) Its tall Gothic spire shot up lightly from among them, with rocks and crows…”
  5. 5. Sunday: “ Well was it ordained that day of devotion should be a day of rest… I think I am a better man on Sunday than on any other day of the seven…”</li></li></ul><li>PLOT<br />Some new resident, relates story about an old woman who knows in church, then he sees a funeral and the same woman so sorry.<br />Somebody told him that she is a widow who has a son, a good boy that was corrupted by pirates gang, in that way he left his house and his parents. They were so Catholics people.<br />Someday George (the son) came back and knew his father died. His mother sad, took care him and loved him when he came, because he was sick.<br />Finally, he died in his mother`s hands, she was so sorry and mourn, two or three Sundays after her son´s funeral she died too.<br />
  6. 6. CHARACTERS<br />First-person narrative is narrated by only one character at a time, first-person narrator refers to information he had heard from the other characters, in order to try to deliver a larger point of view. <br />NARRATOR: “…I used…” “…What, thought I … ” “…I couldsee no more…” “…when I saw…”<br />THE WIDOW: “…was a poor decrepit old woman, bending under the weight of years and infirmities…”<br />THE SON: “…he wassuch a comelylad, so sweet-tempered, so kindtoeveryonearoundhim, so dutifultohisparents…”<br />COMFORTER WOMAN: “I metwiththewomanwhohadacted as comforter… ”“…I drewfromhersomeparticularsconnectedwith …” “…saidthegoodwoman…”<br />
  7. 7. AUTHOR`S POINT OF VIEW<br />Washington Irving was an American writer who characterizes by stories of mystery and tragedy. <br />His work was very important in Literature, and his experiences has reflected in his stories for instance, in this story he shows a widow and her sadness ; in that way reflected how he felt when he lost his fiancée and then his mother . <br />When George came back to his mother , he (Washington Irving) also decided came back to his relatives and died. <br />
  8. 8. THE WIDOW AND HER SON<br /> By Washington Irving.<br />Johanna Baiz <br />Foreign Languages<br />IX-13<br />

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