ENG125 Wk 1 Fiction Story

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Running head: THE HANGING OF THE MOUSE 1 The Hanging of the Mouse Literature in Society ENG125
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The Hanging of the Mouse After reading the story we can see how Elizabeth Bishop thought about the idea of public execution, the absurdity of it and to whom did it appeal. Her use of symbolism in how she chose what animal would portray which character plays to the imagination of a child, however, it helps the reader best understand how childish she thought the whole ordeal really was. The story is not told from the point of view of the mouse or any other character. Instead she goes with a third person neutral omniscience so that the reader can take more in of the atmosphere rather than the personal experiences of any one character. The characters are mostly flat and devoid of any real substance, they have the same moods from beginning to end although there is a change at the very end in one participant. There are indeterminacies and gaps in the story that leaves many questions unanswered so that we are left to make inferences about key issues. Bishop’s use of symbolism is clear from the onset of the story. Her use of a mouse as the prisoner is suitable for this type of animal. A mouse is naturally a scared and skittish creature
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