Analysis Of ' A Lamp At Noon ' By Sinclair Ross And ' Boys And Girls '

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The Progression of Protagonists
All stories have protagonists who are usually in an illusion that creates a fake feeling of happiness which is frequently the cause for conflict with others. When faced with challenges, the character suffers and experiences personal growth. In the story ‘A lamp at noon’ by Sinclair Ross and ‘Boys and Girls’ by Alice Munro, both protagonists found similar and different ways to evolve as a character through identity and suffering and ultimately evolving throughout the story. First, this was evident through the theme of change in identity which was portrayed in both stories but was approached differently by either protagonist. Second, both portrayed a conflict that led to loss of hope but the protagonists dealt with this loss in different means. Finally, the characters wanted to live a respectful life but due to the harsh reality, could not fulfill it.

The theme of change in identity was present in both short stories but was different in how the protagonists approached their identity and grew throughout their journey. In ‘The Lamp at Noon’, Ellen suffered from a mental breakdown resulting in losing her relationship with her husband. In the beginning she was shown as a well-educated woman who taught school and felt very superior and smart. When it said, “But she was gone when he reached the house. The door was open, the lamp blown out, the crib empty” (Ross, 71), this proved how desperate Ellen was to break free and escape from the farm without…

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