The Cruel Rural Life In Thomas Williams Goose Pond

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“Goose Pond”
“Goose Pond”, written by Thomas Williams seemingly is a novel about the tranquil rural life but intricately portrays the mind and state of a fifty-eight year old man who has just lost his wife. Having natural and peaceful aspects, the story itself is not about the simple rural life in the woods. It depicts how Robert Hurley began to deal and come to terms with his sudden loneliness and realization of his eventual death. Including both the realistic cruelty of life alone and the expectation readers would have from a novel—such like a Norman Rockwell painting; he keeps the readers indulged in the mind and heart of the lonesome Robert Hurley.

Throughout the story, Williams incorporates aspects of the blissful nature; however, he also insures that he includes the reality of what Robert is going through by the killing of the deer—the climax of the story. After the loss of his wife, Robert is lost and to his children this was “as unsettling to them
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With the overwhelming detail, the readers are able to imagine the perfect replication of what Robert is seeing in the story and this allows for the detachment from reality. At the verge of the climax of the story, Robert sees a doe: “he was alone with the [it] in a green world that seemed to cru for rich red, and he did not have time to think; it was enough that he sensed the doe’s quick decision to leave him” and at that moment, “the arrow sliced through the deer” (1670).
The killing of the deer is symbolically the main point in this short story as it is Robert’s psychological outburst with him trying to face his wife’s death and finally becoming content with himself and “the dangerous journey down the

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