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What role should the university in the education of its students In her book The Small Room May Sarton explores this question The book tells the story of Lucy a teacher fresh out graduate school who has taken a job at a womens college in New England Throughout the novel Lucy struggles to define the role of herself and the university in this education The small room of the title refers to the offices in which teachers hold office hours and deal with students on a one-on-one basis As summer turns to fall Lucy finds herself frustrated as she holds small room sessions with her freshman 46-47 In this passage Sarton portrays the university to consist of two contrasting environments the small room and life outsideThe passage opens with the dawning of fall Sarton portrays via her diction and imagery the warm and welcoming world of the campus and surrounding area Suddenly one day the maples on the campus and on the hillsides turned the brilliant gold air splashed with vermilion and scarlet but mostly radiant gold such a glory of light under the flat blue sky Lucy realized for the first time the fact that autumn in New England is something more than a season some great adventure 46The imagery makes the scene feel downright inviting Things are not just good outside they are extraordinary The leaves on the trees are not merely orange they are vermilionan orange that is warm and deep Scarlet too is a warm and even has a kind of seductive air to it There is a reason Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote The Scarlet Letter and not The Red Letter Just living in this environment is an adventure Why would Sarton paint this picture Because it is a world warm open inviting and alive removed from the one Lucy finds herself forced to inhabitthe small roomThe small room is painted to be the polar opposite of the world outside She
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