Symbolism In Anne Tyler's The Accidental Tourist Macon

Improved Essays
On page 226 of Anne Tyler’s The Accidental Tourist Macon is faced with the destruction of his home. The descriptive analysis used to portray the pipe burst that floods Macon’s home exposes the atmosphere not just in the house, but also in Macon. Before Tyler even begins describing the scene the demeanor is already implied by the weather. This part of the novel takes place in the dead of winter just after a snowstorm. Winter is usually associated with the cold and that piercing wind chill that goes right through you. Therefore, the reader can detect that Macon’s house will most likely correspond with the ambiance of the weather. Tyler starts the scene off outside of the home, describing it as untouched but yet dingy in comparison to the snow. This comparison also lets the reader know that this is a broken home because snow and water usually signify purity or a fresh start, but this house represents everything but a fresh start. The …show more content…
“The instant he unlocked the door, they heard the water”. The urgency of Tyler mentioning the water running could be seen as symbol for all the problems Macon has bottled up in that house and the instant its opened it start to unravel. The first vocal reaction is then mentioned; Charles simple utters “Oh my God” which helps the reader to visualize the severity of the water damage. The living room is completely destroyed by the water, the ceiling was saturated, plaster covered the furniture, and even the rug was so wet is made a noise when Macon walked on it. Tyler mentions that the water must have “run, and run, and run” until it created this mess. This signifies Macon and Sarah’s marriage, they had “run, and run, an run” from their problems they had with one another and from Ethan’s death for so long until they burst. The pipe burst could even represent Ethan’s death. Both events lead to the same path of ruin: avoid the problem until eventually the damage is

Related Documents

  • Improved Essays

    What has led to this moment? Will it lead into other events in the novel/influence any other events? Who’s there: nearly the whole town (even Boo Radley!) Where: around Miss Maudie’s house When: the night of the unusual snowfall What happened? Miss Maudie’s house was on fire.…

    • 1343 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    In “Desert Places”, “All animals are smothered in their lairs” (Frost, line 6) and in “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, “The woods are lovely, dark and deep” (Line 10, p. 464). Those quotes used by Robert Frost in both of his poems are important for the reason that they allow the readers to understand what is going on in nature at that specific moment. Not only is Frost letting us know what the reader is thinking and their tone, but also what they see. It helps provide the readers an image that could not be made without Frost technique of using imagery. Frost tends to be a very consistent writer when it comes to form and it shows in these two poems.…

    • 1042 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The first major aspect that affected the lives of Romeo and Juliet was also the basis of the whole story. Hate thrived in the feud, and eventually, all would be punished by its poisonous rule. Foreshadowing of the tragic end was proven in the prologue before the story begun. Cited in the play was, “The fearful passage of their death-marked love and the continuance of their parents ' rage, which, but their children’s end, naught could remove” (Prologue Lines 9-12.) In death-marked love, Romeo and Juliet still lived in their parents rage.…

    • 1421 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    However, when Mercutio falls some of his last words to Romeo and Tybalt are “A plague o’ both your houses! I am sped. Is he gone, and hath nothing?” (Act 3, Scene 1, Lines 90 & 91). So as if fate were not enough to ensure that the Montague and Capulet families would suffer, Mercutio just cursed the families. After Mercutio died Romeo and Tybalt fight until Romeo slays Tybalt.…

    • 1234 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    There was something different in her voice, this time there was fear. Alexus and I raced out of the closet, blood running cold at the sight. This was true fear, our actions had to be quick. Heart pounding, adrenaline flowing, Father was growing more angry by the second. Holding a hammer raised above her head while tears streamed down her cheeks.…

    • 1016 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    As stated in the text “the wind would polish your hand if you left it out long enough”. This sentence depicts the speed of the wind which help us relate to the intensity of the dust storm. In addition, during 1936, the windy, dry climate in Regina and Moosejaw blew the overused soil across the road and house, which made it very hard…

    • 482 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    To many, leaving the Army is treason, however at times with hardships like these, safety is a greater outcome than suffering. In the painting by William Henry Powell titled Committee of Congress at Valley Forge (Document B) it is clear of extremely cold weather and improper equipment. The ground is covered in snow multiple inches high in what appears to be a large open field. In the painting the soldier three men away from Washington appears to have broken shoes exposing his bare feet to the freezing snow. Many people from the 1700's to now can agree that if they were offered those conditions or a warm house in the Winter they would almost always choose the house.…

    • 916 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The reader quickly discovers that the speaker stands, “Between the woods and frozen lake / [on] the darkest evening of the year” (8). Darkness in literature indicates sinister forces and oftentimes death. Therefore, this distinct description of the woods operates as an unambiguous symbol of death. Frost 's use of symbolism gives ordinary objects new meaning, subsequently changing the reader 's perspective of the poem along with it. The various literary devices, such as imagery…

    • 1140 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Home Invader Short Story

    • 925 Words
    • 4 Pages

    My dad checked out the door leading to the garage. He touched it and hissed in pain at the heat up against his bare hand. Then he opened it, to my horror the smoke barreled inside to our home. Nothing I could tell myself could waver my belief. The house was on fire and we needed to get out now.…

    • 925 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The horse is a suggestive metaphor for the narrator’s conscious; although eyes are not upon the narrator, there is still this barrier unsure of the woods and if approaching danger open-armed is such a great idea. The next two lines describe the woods themselves. They rim a frozen lake as snow piles upon them on the darkest evening of the year. The narrator is either figurative in his assessment of this evening being the darkest, or he’s being literal in the sense that it’s the darkest or most frightening evening of his year personally. This quatrain sets the stage by addressing the narrator’s loneliness and tone of the woods and…

    • 768 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays