Anthony Szczesiul has a more clear and obvious argument than compared to that of Edwin Fussell through the reading of his short, detailed analysis of Winesburg, Ohio . Szczesiul’s key point opposes that of Fussell’s: George Willard fails to mature during the course of the novel. He defends this claim with the idea that George is never able to act upon his emotions – thus preventing him from doing a lot of different things. Szczesiul also mentions Elizabeth Willard’s death and how even through that tragic experience, George does not have a proper reaction. Instead of feeling depressed, George mentions the inconvenience his mother’s death brought him. Szczesiul makes accurate conclusions about George’s character and the whole idea of George leaving Winesburg, Ohio. He suggests that George’s inability to act upon his emotions will lead to his failure as a writer. Although Szczesiul identifies this as the main consequence of George’s immaturity, this is where his argument is flawed. Szczesiul fails to mention the cause of George’s immaturity and merely provides examples of it. With that said, I agree with Szczesiul to the extent of saying that George has not matured, however, I went beyond in providing a reason why: his mother. Wilson, Raymond. “Rhythm in ‘Winesburg, Ohio’”. The Great Lakes Review . 8.1. (1982): 31-43. JSTOR . Web. 8 Feb. 2013. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20172622 .
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