Summary Of Ruth Benson's The Irish Poet

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Change is what forms our lives. It is what makes our life either different of similar to each other. It is complex, and we human tend to fear the face of change while lack of it also leaves us with thoughts of what could have been. Small choices form the both smaller and bigger changes of our life. Therefore, we are forced to always re-evaluate our choices and live with the shadow of the many possibilities our life may have had. The short story “The Irish Poet”, written by Ruth Benson, shows how a person, years after the event, can sit back with a feeling of yearning towards a long lost dream in the past. All because of small events. The main character, whose name is not told, is a woman who gets caught up by her past teenage love affair with the man Jed Cunningham, as she receives a message from him.…show more content…
She is bored. Everything in her life is the same. Thus, she starts dreaming about what her life could have been. And as this dream gets closer and closer, as Jed becomes a person in her life again, she seems more and more tired of her surroundings. For example: “The rest of the day hummed by in all those endless, exhausting tasks, which make up a day, tasks which don’t end but just repeat themselves over and over again, from emptying the dishwasher to walking the dog to putting milk bottles out on the step and loading and unloading the washing machine…”…show more content…
This is put into emphasis as Ruth Benson leaves out comma, which turns the chores into a never ending chant. Jed is a symbol of change. The change that she is so scared to make, but that she wants so deeply. He is everything she cannot be. Therefore, she is upset by his will to follow his irrational dreams. She is jealous because she is not able to do so. Thus, she refuses to make this change due to her fear, and they break up, leaving her off with a normal somewhat boring
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