Sinclair Ross - Lamp at Noon

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E.M.A. Universität Greifswald Proseminar

Theme: Sinclair Ross’ short storie “The Lamp at Noon”

Thesis: The natural phenomenons in the short stories can not only be seen as antagonist but also as protagonist

Katharina Joachim English/History LA GYM 4th semester

Contents

1. Introduction 2. Nature phenomenon and its influence in “A lamp at Noon”

p. p.

2.1. The influence on the relationship between Ellen and Paul p. 2.2. The problems for the baby and its relationships to its parents 2.3. Ross describtions of the nature phenomenons 3. Conclusion 4. Bibliography p. p. p. p.

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1. Introduction In my term paper I want to discuss if the nature phenomenons in the short story “A Lamp at Noon” written by Sinclair Ross (1908-1996) have such a loom large that they can be seen as a protagonist. During my research I found the statement:
(D)ie enge Verbindung von Mensch und natürlicher Umwelt, welche in ihren extremen klimatischen Verhältnissen [...] immer wieder übermächtig und indifferent grausam gegenüber den ums […] Überleben kämpfende Farmersleuten, ja beinahe als >Protagonist< erscheint. (Gross 158)

I found that point of view very interessting and that is way I will discuss this theses. A protagonist is “the main character in a play, film/movie or book [...]” (Wehmeier) Even though the nature phenomenons can’t be the protagonist as such because they are not represented by a character, they have an important situation in the short story. Obvious is that the nature phenomenons embody the antagonist, somebody “who strongly opposes sb/sth [...]”(Wehmeier Page) The conditions on the farm are worse for the small family caused by the dust, storm and wind. So here it is clear that the natural phenomenons function as antagonist. But as they have such in important position I want to include the possibility of having the function as protagonist. Sinclair…...

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