"The Country of the Pointed Firs" Analytical Essay by seanied

"The Country of the Pointed Firs"
This paper analyzes Sarah Orne Jewett's "The Country of the Pointed Firs", a novel about the village of "Dunnet Landing".
# 60052 | 1,100 words | 0 sources | 2005 | US
Published on Jul 17, 2005 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains that, in Jewett's "The Country of the Pointed Firs", the speaker's romantic narration is studded with realistic descriptions and the characters give a realist portrayal of their town punctuated with romanticism, which introduces a tension between the different perspectives. The author points out that the use of a third person establishes a certain distance between the narrator and the village; she appreciates it like a connoisseur might an ancient painting. The paper relates that the naive narrator of the beginning, who renders a romanticized depiction of what for her is a place of the past, was in conflict with the more knowledgeable locals, who see it realistically; yet, as the young writer observes more, her narrative becomes more realist and thus closer to that of the Dunnet Landingers, who see a once great town reduced.

From the Paper:

"The narrator sees Dunnet Landing in romantic ways but there is a definite realism in her depiction of society there. She describes a funeral procession, an ancient and universal rite, as "futile and helpless on the edge of the rocky shore."(8) Her relationships, while sometimes shown positively (40), are just as often shown in a negative light, as on page 8 when she says, "I did not really belong to Dunnet Landing." Admittedly, the speaker makes this remark nearer to the beginning of her stay, yet even much later she says of the Bowden family reunion, "One sees exactly the same types in a country gathering as in the most brilliant city company. You are safe to be understood if the spirit of your speech is the same for one neighbor as for the other."(72) Besides the conversational insult, by linking the Bowdens with the city, she puts a fair distance between them and the nature which she romanticizes."

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