The Lamp At Noon Analysis

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Ellen, the protagonist in the short story “The Lamp at Noon” by Sinclair Ross is responsible for the death of the baby. Ellen is selfish, lonely, and frightened. She does not realize that life is never perfect, her isolation and fearfulness cloud her judgement and therefore lead her to make the irrational decision of running away in the midst of a dust storm, which she believes is the right decision for the betterment of her child’s future and for herself. Generally Ellen displays selfishness towards reasoning with her husband on leaving and staying at the farm. She knew that by moving into town that she would live a more elegant and uncomplicated life style, “I’m young still. I like pretty things”, she said to Paul. Her stubbornness
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