Analysis of the Short Story, "The Prison" Analytical Essay by Wood

Analysis of the Short Story, "The Prison"
An analysis of a passage from the short story, "The Prison", by Bernard Malamud.
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Published on Dec 16, 2013 in Literature (American)

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This paper analyzes a passage from the short story "The Prison", and focuses on Bernard Malamud's use of imagery, and his simplistic, stream-of-consciousness style. The paper also highlights the irony throughout the work and how the author achieves the dramatic climax of the story through onomatopoeia and staccato sentences. The paper shows how Malamud has created a short story full of painful mistakes tinged with guilt, apathy, and conversely, a desperate need to escape from the irreconcilable American Dream.

From the Paper:

"The irony that Tommy, trapped in an 'endless drivel' of a life, is absent for the climax with which he has been obsessed with for weeks highlights the inexhaustible disappointment that characterises his life. The tension rises as he 'could not hold his impatience for Monday' however what should be his moment of glory and the climax, as he plays the 'role of reformer' and catches the girl, is stolen by Rosa. There is a strong contrast between the pensive atmosphere as Tommy 'thought about life' and the shocking imagery as the 'kid's head bounced back and forth like a balloon on a stick'. The brutality of this image highlights the weakness and 'innocence' of the girl and places Rosa yet again in a negative light.
"Malamud uses the second person tense to place the reader into Tommy's brooding mind-set. Switching back to the third person in the following paragraph feels like waking up form a philosophical dream, albeit 'depressed, saddened', and being tossed back into a horrible reality."

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