Irony in “the Escape” by W.S.Maugham Essay

790 Words Mar 28th, 2012 4 Pages
In the literal work “The escape” written by W.S.Maugham, irony plays the inevitable part in making the success of the story. The narrator recites how his friend, Roger Charing, tries to get rid of a woman, Ruth Barlow, through the process in which he escape from the little lady, the author expresses his severe irony towards Ruth Balow and her scheming deeds.
First of all, irony refers to the incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs. Right from the beginning, Maugham has stated a rather funny anecdote like this: "If a woman once made up her mind to marry a man, nothing but instant flight could save him." It sounds as if the woman is a persistent predator that is willing to chasing its prey to any corners in the
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Nevertheless, she shows her real personalities as opportunistic and to some extents, dull. The narrator says that “"she had never had any conversation", it is said in Vietnam that the virtues of a lady are shown in her words, in this situation, perhaps it is not the point that Ruth Barlow never sheds a sentence, but the truth is she never makes a real conversation, which means she does not have ideas, thoughts or something like that in her mind. All that fills her head is just emptiness, which makes an impression that other than the pathetic look, this woman is a hollow.
The story turns into a new leaf when Roger, after realizing her real personalities and soul, decides to fall out of love and break with her. As her vulnerable look would strip men off their sensibilities, he chooses an effective and ironic way of falling apart with her. He grabs her into an endless hunt for a “suitable” house. In the story, the word suitable for Roger means perfect. It mustn’t too large and it mustn’t too small, it mustn’t too far from the center of things and it also mustn’t too close, it mustn’t too stuffy and it also mustn’t too airy, it mustn’t too dark and it also mustn’t too bleak. In short, it must be a perfect work. And there is no such a thing exists in the world. The seemingly endless hunt turns out to be unbearable for Ruth that she becomes a "silent and scornful" woman with "sullen" eyes. She

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