By John Dos Passos
Foreword via E. L. Doctorow.
With 1919, the second one quantity of his U.S.A. trilogy, John Dos Passos keeps his "vigorous and sweeping landscape of twentieth-century America" (Forum), lauded on e-book of the 1st quantity not just for its scope, but additionally for its groundbreaking sort. back, utilising a number of experimental units that may motivate an entire new iteration of writers to stick to, Dos Passos captures the numerous textures, flavors, and heritage noises of recent existence with a cinematic contact and remarkable nerve.
1919 opens to discover the United States and the area at struggle, and Dos Passos's characters, lots of whom we met within the first quantity, are thrown into the snarl. We persist with the daughter of a Chicago minister, a wide-eyed Texas lady, a tender poet, an intensive Jew, and we glimpse Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Unknown Soldier.
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When the narrator goes away for the summer to her family’s primitive cabin, she is “surprised and horrified” when Buddy, Charlie, and Trish show up for a visit. They take her out on a picnic and Buddy gives her his identification bracelet. When the narrator returns to school she continues her relationship, but Buddy becomes more of an “obligation” (54). The relationship ends when she refuses to go out with him because of an impending storm, which turns out to be a hurricane. The disappointment of the storm’s wreckage is compared with her lack of feeling about the breakup, likening it to the “flatness of the water, the melancholy light” (58).
The challenge of describing a building whose importance relies not only on its architecture but also on its emotionally connected function as a holy space proves difficult to the husband, who is unaccustomed to expressing any real emotions aside from bitterness and sarcasm. The husband takes on the request with a kind of obsession: “Say my life depended on it” (277), which in a sense it does. ” (278). Thinking about this question, the husband confesses his lack of belief in religion, which he recognizes makes it impossible for him to fully describe a cathedral.
In this fashion, many of the story’s principal topics—wine, death, family honor, and punishment—are symbolically linked by its 19/10/13 12:15 AM The Cask of Amontillado | 29 setting. The surface region, full of celebration and merriment, seems to contrast dramatically with the subterranean one, marked by gloom and horror. In psychological terms, these two realms can be interpreted as the conscious and unconscious minds; in mythological terms, as the world and underworld. The two spaces are not quite as different as they appear, however, for above the ground the public “madness of the carnival season” (310) rages, while beneath it Montresor’s private madness reigns; furthermore, both worlds are characterized by self-indulgence and masquerade.
1919 (The USA Trilogy, Book 2) by John Dos Passos