But he did not want to go. For a long moment the boss stayed, staring at nothing, while the grey-haired office messenger, watching him, dodged in and out of his cubby-hole like a dog that expects to be taken for a run. A fly however falls into his inkwell and forces his attention towards it, coincidentally making him once again forget his son. After the fly gets stuck in an ink pot on his desk, the boss helps the creature out, noticing how it dries itself. His youth that has been stolen from him by his stroke. After the departure of old Woodifield, he sits in the chair. But it wasn't a favourite photograph of his; the expression was unnatural.
Woodifield has gone, he sits in his chair. Woodifield: an old and infirm man, who has lost a son in World War I. The Boss symbolizes the authority, the leader. Instead of merely stating the message of the story, Mansfield used various literary techniques to allow the reader to draw his own conclusions about the character. As a successful businessman, the boss thoroughly relishes his status and the power he wields over others. Though what he did there the wife and girls couldn't imagine. It was a little pot, so Gertrude says, no bigger than a half-crown.
No, he was just his bright natural self, with the right word for everybody, with that boyish look and his habit of saying, 'Simply splendid! But such a grinding feeling of wretchedness seized him that he felt positively frightened. It is interesting how Katherine Mansfield shows us how the boss makes a connection between the fly and his son. Woodifield is compared to a baby at the beginning of the story and similarly the boss with his repetitive experiments on the fly, which the reader is aware results in the fly dying, does not come across at least not to the reader as being someone who is particularly clever. He wants to feel the same pang of grief that he used to feel. Finally, you learned about the setting in 'The Fly,' which takes place entirely in the Boss's office, and includes things that help him distance himself and forget. Many people were dying at that time. Woodifield, and peered out of the great, green-leather armchair by his friend the boss's desk as a baby peers out of its pram.
His youth that has been stolen from him by his stroke. He cannot weep on command. He identifies solely with work, and the new elements in the office keep old memories from surfacing. And, feeling kindly, he winked at the old man, and said jokingly, 'I tell you what. Something seemed to be wrong with him. The business that he was supposed to hand over to his son is doing well, which suggests that he spends all his time working.
Just like the fly, people cannot survive it. It's sacrilege to tamper with stuff like this. They're quite near each other, it seems. Woodifield and the boss did. B that was incurable at that time. Woodifeld visits his old boss, who is a strong contrast to Mr. To celebrate, the Boss retrieves a bottle of Whisky.
The fly represents the bosses son. You've not been across, have yer? He flaunts his prosperity and. Woodifield says that his daughters visited the cemetery where both of their sons were buried, which causes the boss to reflect on his grief anew. Katherine Mansfield'Y'are very snug in here,' piped old Mr. Something seemed to be wrong with him.
The fly, first and foremost, is a symbol of the young men who went to war not knowing what horrors awaited them. The Boss is stout, rosy, healthy, although five years senior to him, but still going strong and in control of affairs. Later, man discovered a cure for the disease and thought that he had escaped death and had defied fate. It is the fourth largest settlement in the Territory after the capital Darwin, Palmerston and Alice Springs. Everyone faced their own challenges, and everyone overcame them different ways, or in some cases not at all.
He is the editor of the forthcoming Katherine Mansfield and the Bloomsbury Group. I think the sons photograph also represents a connection with World War One. Life itself had come to have no other meaning. Gertrude brought the pot away with her to teach 'em a lesson. Mr Woodifield enjoys the company because it reminds him of his youth.
His wife refuses to let him go out more than once a week. . It did one good to see him. And he wasn't in the least spoilt. It may also be important that despite the boss feeling sorrow about the loss of his son, later in the story when he begins to experiment with the fly, he easily forgets him. All the same, we cling to our last pleasures as the tree clings to its last leaves.
It might have happened yesterday. For the life of him he could not remember Be absorbed Own Opinion Time is a great healer. At the end of the story after the boss has killed the fly, he forgets what he had been previously thinking about. It is also shown that the boss likes to prepare for the future through how the boss had been building up his business for the sole purpose of leaving it to his only son. She enjoys watching others and sitting in on their lives, while the band plays in the gazebo. Maria Magher has been working as a professional writer since 2001.