His iconic work Winesburg, Ohio, a kind of novel made up of 22 related short stories, is a portrait of many characters in small-town America. In addition, this is a classic in the post-war literary community. But instead it serves to highlight how lonely Alice really is. She had once been a beautiful girl but grows into a woman with a head too large for her body. Since then, he has a particular disdain for women. His story is an odd one.
If you try to be definite and sure about it and to live beneath the trees, where soft night winds blow, the long hot day of disappointment comes swiftly and the gritty dust from passing wagons gathers upon lips inflamed and made tender by kisses. When she got into bed she buried her face in the pillow and wept brokenheartedly. This magnification is at the heart of the novel, in which synecdoche is the main lens through which Sherwood Anderson allows us to regard the grotesques. At the end of a year he had stopped writing letters, and only once in a long time, when he was lonely or when he went into one of the city parks and saw the moon shining on the grass as it had shone that night on the meadow by Wine Creek, did he think of her at all. Why is this so important? Her mother's second marriage had emphasized her isolation. Why do I tell myself lies? For several years after Ned Currie went away Alice did not go into the wood with the other young people on Sunday, but one day after he had been gone for two or three years and when her loneliness seemed unbearable, she put on her best dress and set out.
New Essays on Winesburg, Ohio. It is probably Alice's deep-rooted guilt complex about her behavior with Ned that has led her to remain faithful to him. Her head was large and overshadowed her body. When at night she went upstairs into her own room she knelt on the floor to pray and in her prayers whispered things she wanted to say to her lover. By the time Alice reached twenty-seven, when George Willard was only a boy, she was overcome by restlessness.
At the age of twenty-five, Alice's mother remarried, further isolating Alice in her loneliness. Sherwood Anderson: A Reference Guide. Alice's step-father was a carriage painter, and given to drink. She wants to be loved by someone. In the city we will be unknown and people will pay no attention to us. In it, she considers what her life has become, her family business which never seems to prosper, her unhappy marriage and the bleakness she feels about her very existence. It will be worth telling some day.
Here we meet Alice Hindman. It is the divine accident of life. This lack of concern is all the more pathetic when we see Alice, loving him more and willing to spend her entire life waiting for him. He had wanted the girl to become his mistress but changed his mind. The ending of the story is also interesting as it becomes clear to the reader just how desperate Alice has become.
This need takes a turn for the worse, when she runs naked through the streets, and is ready to bed anyone, so that her desires are fulfilled. Simultaneously getting wet, in the rain, naked, can be understood as a Baptismal purifying process, a need to cleanse herself from her past and Ned, and begin anew, a life of her own. Seth Richmond is a much deeper person, in many ways, than his successful, intelligent friend George. He pervades her prayers: When at night she went upstairs into her room she knelt on the floor to pray and in her prayers whispered things she wanted to say to her lover. Through the trees they look out across the fields and see farmers at work about the barns or people driving up and down on the roads. As she stood looking out over the land something, perhaps the thought of never ceasing life as it expresses itself in the flow of the seasons, fixed her mind on the passing years. Everything about Wash was dirty except for his hands.
She did not wish him to marry her yet as the expense would be too great, but she hoped they could live together and both work. She had wanted to go with Ned to Cleveland and help him get a start, even suggesting that they could marry later. After a short stint in Chicago as a laborer, Anderson enlisted with a Clyde unit and served in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Why am I left here alone? Each person's story is sad in some way - extreme in sadness, loss, desire, drama, etc. I will never find happiness.
Many people that are blessed with a loving family learn to feel cherished and important. The reader is given a picture of the desolate life of Alice and her unrequited love for Ned Currie. Hundreds and hundreds were the truths and they were all beautiful. Explicator 48 1 : 46—47. She starts save money, in the main hope that it will come of use to Ned and herself once they begin life together. Deep within her there was something that would not be cheated by phantasies and that demanded some definite answer from life.