Essay about Commentary on Impossible Object

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Commentary on Impossible Object (Nicholas Mosley) Tara Singh 12/3/12 English Grade 12 In Nocholas Mosley’s prose piece Impossible Object he depicts the life of a Hippolyta a mother of one child who is separated from her husband. Mosley’s depiction of Rome as a city, along with his depiction of Hippolyta herself and her relationship with her husband and child illustrates his main idea of happiness and love being unattainable for an affluent member of society. Hippolyta: 1) The opening sentence of the prose piece introduces Hippolyta “overlooking the Borghese gardens.” a. This image sets up an atmosphere of regality where Hippolyta is described to look over gardens that are something natural and beautiful. This image…show more content…
f. This is further extrapolated during Hippoyta’s conversation with her husband when she pays no attention to her child that is emptying a bowl of soup on the floor. g. The child is described to have a face like a war-leader. The war that the child is combating is the one between her mother and father. Both her parents seem to neglect it. As it pours more soup the narrator describes the child to “see what it’s enemies would do.”The enemy being the mother who neglects the child. h. When Hippolyta realizes that the child has spilled the soup the narrator says, “Hippolyta lunged either to hit it or love it; the child might have liked either. But Hippolyta could not get far enough because of the cord of the telephone.” i. This indicates that the child is neglected in her relationship with Hippolyta as she would like any sort of attention even if it is violent. j. Hippolyta’s relationship with her husband prevents her from loving her child which is a fundamental value in families. k. Narrator has to clean up the mess. l. Instead of introducing the narrator to Hippolyta’s child she instead says, “Do you like my kid?” Almost addressing the child as an object. She later continues to say, “I’d be dead without that kid.” This brings to surface the reality of her

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