An Analysis Of Enoch Arden's Charity And Goodwill

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Register to read the introduction… This literary work only widens the scope of the support of a human compassion. Throughout the poem, examples of charity and generosity are given. The whole basis of the poem is Enoch is on leave due to a job opportunity offered to him, being that Enoch is unemployed he accepted. Of course this too is an interpretation of Enoch’s goodwill; Enoch leaves only to provide economically for his family. One may argue that even Enoch’s decision to not return to his family is a form of generous goodwill. Another passage demonstrates Enoch’s compassion referring to his sickly child right before he was to leave on his journey, “ ‘Wake him not, let him sleep... How should the child remember this?’ and kiss’d him in his …show more content…
Philip, Enoch’s friend, who is secretly in love with Annie, Enoch’s wife, since their orphaned childhood is an exemplary example of charity. Philip’s goodwill and love for Annie, somewhat obligates him to provide for Annie and her family in Enoch’s absence stating: “Let me put the boy and girl to school”. The immense sympathetic attitudes the poem gives is evident throughout the poem’s articulation. Philip is indeed the poem’s central sympathetic character, placing Annie and her children in his economic and loving care. His love for Annie would be seen as the motivation for this but it can be argued that Philip genuinely cared for Enoch’s family in his time of absence. Philip is in love with Annie and this is evident throughout the poem, “Enoch spoke his love, but Philip loved [Annie] in silence.” His love is indeed a motivation for the care of Enoch’s family but I feel the poem explains Philips intent more into depth stating that Philip cared for the children but, “fearing the lazy gossip of the port, he oft denied his heart his dearest wish, and seldom crost [Annie’s] threshold.” Clearly this quote exonerates the notion that his love for Annie Lee was his initial motivation for the care of the family. Thus, one can come to the conclusion that Philip is indeed a man of charitable goodwill. Only well after Enoch’s presumed death does he unveil his love for Annie Lee, which in a way shows the character of Philip’s charity. This shows his charity by not disheartening Annie or Enoch by speaking his true

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