Life In The Iron Mills Analytical Essay by Annette

Life In The Iron Mills
The following paper discusses the multi-faceted narration in "Life in the Iron Mills" focusing on various critical questions that arise through analysis.
# 4680 | 2,390 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2000 | US
Published on Feb 11, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , Sociology (General) , Women Studies (General)

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The following paper discusses the story of "Life in the Iron Mills" on three levels. The first level is the style of narration of the writer in the story. Second is the suitability of the writer, being a female, to write on such a topic and the third is the portrayal of poverty, and the interpretation of various actions as being the consequence of poverty.

From the Paper:

""Life in the Iron Mills" has long been recognized as a strangely bifurcated narrative: with its proto naturalist detail juxtaposed against didactic direct addresses to the reader, its tone shifts frequently from scrupulous objectivity to moral exhortation. While critics rightly celebrate Davis's transitional role between the sentimental and realist traditions, they frequently betray a discomfort with the "I-you" relationship established with the audience, either outright dismissing it as “overwritten" or justifying it as part of a complicated, "ironic" narrative structure. These addresses are not uniformly didactic but manifest an effort to link the broadest possible audience by interweaving gendered styles that complement the gendered narratives of Davis's two main characters"

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