On The Gull's Road Analysis

Unforgotten Eternal Love!!! Every love story has its ending just like the Romeo and Juliet. Even though, they loved each other their love could not conquer the hatred of their families for one another. Therefore, love between the narrator and the Mrs. Ebbling also ends when they reach their destinations. At the end, love did not solve their problems which resulted them to end their love at the end of the journey. After all, Willa Cather’s “On the Gull’s Road” focuses on the themes of sadness, pain, loneness, happiness and unattainable love. Having said that, is it true love that gets individual what they want or it is creates unhappiness? When it is true love, will true love make individual break one’s obligation, occur any age and stays longer. …show more content…
Alexandra Ebbling could not be achieved because of the obligation of Mrs. Ebbling to her husband. Even though, she loved the narrator; she could not betray the man who did not abandon her. She could not forget her duties as a wife and a mother to her daughter Carin. Mrs. Ebbling says that “he has had his disappointments, too. He wants children and a gay, hospitable house, and he is tied to a sick woman who cannot get on with people. He has more to complain of than I have, and yet he bears with me. I am grateful to him, and there is no more to be said” (Willa 7). This shows that her obligation to her husband is to stay by his side until the day she dies. She could not give Mr. Ebbling anything because of her illness so in the name of love she will not abandon him. As well as, her husband tolerated a wife who was always lonely and sad. Her top priority is her marriage because she feels indebt to Lars Ebbling for being with her. She puts her feelings for the narrator aside for the sake of obligation and duty as a wife. For example, we can relate to this feeling because as a child of a parent we cannot abandon our parents when they got us where we are today. After all, it is our parents who feed us when we were hungry and clothed us when our cloths were dirty. This is how Mrs. Ebbling feels because she cannot abandon a person who nurture her when she needed someone there at the hospital. As the child to our parents, we cannot …show more content…
Ebbling watching the waves shows a strong meaning behind it. The water is being used as a metaphor to show how it changed the lives of both main characters in the story. They were completely strangers before they meet in the ship or start talking with each other. Everything begin with the journey in the water and ended in the water as well. As Willa’s says that “Oh, yes, it is! These are the waters that carry men to their work, and they will carry you to yours” (Willa 6) that this changing currents takes a new beginning all over again. This story uses water as a metaphor to show the emotions of Alexandra in the story towards the narrator or even her own life. After all, Mrs. Ebbling being able to fall in love might have been big change in her life because she would not have dreamed it could have happened to her. A lonely, sickly, and married woman experiencing a true love was something of huge change that changed not only her but the narrator as well. Despite of, not being together they both were happy with the days they had spent together talking with each other whiling watching the water currents. This shows that regardless of age, illness, or marriage that love can accrue to anyone. However, true love does not come with its fairies and bunnies because the narrator could not obtain the love he was granted nor Mrs. Ebbling. Although, they parted ways with each other at the end of the journey their love did not change just like how water

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