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Minor Assignment Personal Response to Literature Passage from Wild Geese In the passage from Wild Geese two ideas convey to me about Judes need to escape The first idea is that Jude feels smothered by her daily surroundings and second is that Jude is living two separate lives Judes farm life and family ultimately suffocate her Judes father Caleb is controlling and overbearing Caleb is constantly seeking control over Judith by pushing farm work over her head If that is not enough for Jude her mother Amelia and her older sister Ellen are both submissive to their fathers controlling demands These family factors lead Jude to feel trapped and in need of freedom Jude escapes this feeling of suffocation by spending time alone near a little ravine She there sheds her clothes and lays freely on the ground The shedding of her clothes conveys the idea that she is taking off her daily life metaphorically speaking and being free from it all Her clothes are worn on the farm for chores and labour so she frees herself from that aspect of her life The Ravine and Judes nakedness gives her a feeling of escape The fact that Jude is lying naked on the ground shows how much she longs to escape her life and be free from everything that is real The Ravine where Jude escapes to interprets her opposite world aside from her real life This opposite world signifies her separate life Judes first life is one in which she works on the farm with Caleb Amelia and Ellen She is pushed to work hard on the farm which is clearly something she is not fond of In this life Jude feels ugly and she feels the ugliness of her surroundings Jude feels her hands are big and calloused from her work and she wants to be someone she is not as well as live a life that is not hers She cannot
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