Essay about The order of things

765 Words Apr 7th, 2014 4 Pages
Analyse and interpret of Lucy Spring’s short story ”The order of things”

Sometimes when true love appears, it can be difficult to think clear and act rationally. It is the feelings taking over and loosing the control. Falling in love can make everything else seem unimportant. Quite a lot of people decide to marry before they find true love, only because of expectations from society and from themselves. Should people be allowed to follow their heart when true love appears, even if they are already in a relationship? In this short story “The order of things” by Judy Troy, we get introduced to this dilemma.

The main focus in the story is the relationship between the main characters, Carl and Lily. The story takes place in Worland,
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“As long as they were together they believed that everything else would just work itself out” (p. 3, l. 41). They are both blinded by love and they are very naïve and optimistic. They do not think about the consequences, the only thing they care about is that they are in love with each other. The morning after, Lily walks home and she gets hit by a pickup and dies.

Before Carl met Lily he was not happy, but when he is with Lily he get a whole other view on the world, “Perhaps though her, he thought one morning, he could love the world, because the world look different to him (…) (p. 3, l. 19-20). He has never felt the same intimacy with another woman as he feels with Lily. This makes the reader reflect on whether they should be together, in spite of the fact that they where both married. Carl and Lily seem destined for each other and they have all sorts of thing in common like they are both: “six feet tall, with pale eyes, angular features, and light hair” (p. 1, l. 4-5) and they both just lost a sibling to cancer. Lily is also presented as a clean and right choice. This is also justified because of her name, Lily. “Lily” represents innocence and purity. All this makes the reader believe that they are right for each other and meant to be together.

The title “The order of things” covers the story and themes well. The story is about the order of things seen from Carl and Lily’s view. They are so much in love and they almost forget

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