William Gay 's Provinces Of Night, Poor Socioeconomic Conditions

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In William Gay 's Provinces of Night, poor socioeconomic conditions play a critical role in shaping the motives and overall development of some of the novel 's central characters. Understanding the implications of abjection within Ackerman 's Field, Tennessee allows readers to examine how the nature versus nurture phenomenon influences people within the rural landscape. The theme of abandonment is prevalent among several central characters within Gay 's Provinces of Night, and similarly within Robert Frost 's "The Death of a Hired Man," and "Home Burial. In Provinces of Night, E.F. Bloodworth abandons his wife and children, subsequently disregarding their emotional and financial dependency. Fleming 's mother deserts both a son and jealous husband, which then forces a disconcert between Boyd, Fleming and herself to which Boyd abandons Fleming in search of his mother. Fleming eventually abandons his home and Amy, in "Home Burial," leaves her grieving husband in the wake of their infant child 's sudden death; and Silas in Frost 's "The Death of a Hired Man" abandons Warren when he desperately needs him for labor during a crucial harvest season. Frost and Gay 's theme of desertion couple most of their characters ' desires to suppress the past, whether it be through concealing past personal decadence (as with E.F. Bloodworth and Silas) or escaping the grasp of adaptable immorality (as with Raven Lee Halfacre and Fleming).
The rural poor folk depicted in William Gay 's…

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