Death In The Woods

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A Critical Analysis of Death in the Woods ?Death in the Woods? is a story about a woman that lives a hard life. When she was a girl she worked for a German farmer and his wife. When she was a little older she married a man named Jake Grimes thinking she would get away from the crude work of the farmer. She soon finds out that life doesn?t get any better for her than it already was.

Later in the story she is found dead by a rabbit hunter in the woods (Cleveland).

?Death in the Woods? seemingly concerns a farm woman, Mrs.Grimes, who, only in her early forties, seems old and probably psycotic. She doesn?t have a first name in the story, and, indeed, very little is known about her life at all in the story. It?s like no one knows who she is
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Men turned these thoughts into many beautiful truths such as truth of passion, wealth and poverty. A person could then appropriate a single one of these truths and try to go by it. That is when he or she would become a grotesque. The stories in Winesburg, Ohio do grapple with Anderson?s intended theme, and a story such as ?Hands? clearly illustrates what he means by grotesque (Ellis 2).

The hands belong to Wing Biddlebaum, formerly Adolph Myers, a teacher in a Pennsylvania village who was beaten and run out of town for caressing boys. Anderson Cleveland 4 is oblique about Wing?s homosexuality, for the thrust of the story. In the story ?Death in the Woods,? as a girl, Mrs. Grimes was sexually abused her German owner (Doneskey 1- 3).

?The Philosopher? provides a more subtle illustration of grotesque and introduces the idea that a grotesque need not be pitiable or tragic; in fact, he can be wildly humorous as demonstrated at the beginning of the story with the philosopher?s description (Doneskey 1-3).

Anderson was interested in the development of the artist- type, the inner desires of repressed people, the failure of people to communicate their true selves; the way conventions and tradition have twisted and distorted the individual (Doneskey 1-3).

Anderson wrote several versions of the tale before he felt that he had to come close to telling it adequately, and one of the most narrative devices employed in
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