Response to Green

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The short story, Green, by Anne Enright, is about an organic farmer who now bears the fruit of her many years of devoted labour in organic produce. The story describes her emotions towards a woman named Gertie, a woman who criticized her organic vegetables when her business was poor, but orders the vegetables when her business is booming. By comparing the narrators thoughts to Gertie’s actions, we see how Enright prioritizes on leading a pure, well deserved life earned by working hard, even if it means having bumps in the road at first, as opposed to one that is impure and taken for granted. Enright also underlines by comparing the weddings of both the narrator and Gertie that we shouldn’t do things just because we are supposed to and…show more content…
It shows us how these values and ideals can be achieved, however, IMO, lacks to focus on anything that may entice teenage thought. Metaphors and characterization are two techniques used in the story that are very important. Near the ending of the story, the narrator mentions, “Hydroponics” and “Ebb and flood.” Basically, these are two techniques of growing plants without soil – which is fundamental nutrient-supplying organic matter. Instead of soil, plants are grown in water-based solutions. This metaphor may represent her view of many other people. It can show how she believes they never had the proper foundation to grow naturally. Instead, in this chemical based world, they learned to become interdependent with each other, just like the intertwined roots of these plants. They learned to live while being dependant on the chemicals that were put into the water that they lived in. This is a very important aspect of the story because it shows her opinion on why people need commercial foods so much – dependency, highlighting an important theme in the story. Characterization is also very important to the story. The way Gertie’s character is described is through the narrator’s thoughts. Due to the way the narrator describes Gertie, we automatically acquire a negative view of Gertie, giving us sympathy for the narrator. This is a crucial aspect because if Gertie was characterized through her actions or through her thoughts, we may not have had such a negative view
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