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Melissa_W
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THE DOLL: "East Wind"

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Please use this thread for discussion of "East Wind".

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Re: THE DOLL: "East Wind"

I read this story last night.  Her writing style is so beautiful!  While reading it, I couldn't help thinking about Blake's concepts of innocence and experience.  Here we certainly have a case of innocence (the isolated islanders) being corrupted by experience (the sailors).  And with what tragic consequences!  But even before the sailors arrived, it seemed that the east wind was stirring up something.  Both Guthrie and Jane were having restless thoughts the night the wind arrived, although their reactions pushed them apart.  As a result, they were very receptive to the temptations that the sailors brought with them.

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Re: THE DOLL: "East Wind"

I agree the writing is gorgeous.  I guess I took the origomal sin, as far as the behavior was in them all along, it just took an outside catalyst to bring it to the surface.

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Re: THE DOLL: "East Wind"

The islanders were inbred, listless, lacking stimulation, and led monotonous lives.  “Some inner sense warned them that in their ignorance dwelt security, a happiness that was never wild, never triumphant, but peaceful and silent.”  (pg. 2)  This passage foreshadowed what would happen if their isolated existence was broken. 

 

The east wind is a signal of trouble on the way.  I believe it was John Jarndyce in Charles Dickens’ Bleak House who always mentioned he felt an east wind when he sensed trouble. 

 

The ship in the harbor brought excitement, but also new feelings that hadn’t been experienced in a long time, if ever, and the islanders were unprepared for the emotions.  The emotions overtook them, leading to a drunken meeting between a sailor and Jane, which then led to a drunken murder by Guthrie.  When the excitement was over, Guthrie and Jane’s lives had been ruined.  Is it better to lose something in order to experience excitement or is it better to lead a dull life of peace?

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Re: THE DOLL: "East Wind"

I'll agree with you both in my admiration of the writing ---  easy to read, yet very effective story telling.  Just enough creep and gore for Halloween too!

Laura

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