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Sinclair Ross responds to the issue of isolation in his short story The Lamp at Noon The author focuses on the theme of how not to deal with isolation This notion is reinforced by the setting moodphysical characters and symbolism that he describes so vividly The first method the author uses to convey the idea of isolation is through setting The setting was beautifully described creating imagery that assists the focus of the theme Sinclair expresses personification in climate changes for example Demented wind fled keening past the house a wail through the eaves that died every minute or two Ross p 62 From this given statement in the story you can already imagine the mood of the setting a dark dreary somewhat harsh and depressing scene The different changes in weather reflect how the characters are feeling Paul and Ellen both feel upset depressed and dark especially about their relationship As the story progresses the changes in weather correspond to the characters moods a little more directly The setting in this short story is a major element of this piece without it the plot would be kind of dull and blah because it gives you an idea of the time and place in the story Time and place are key elements of a storys plot which helps focus on the given theme of isolation and how not to deal with it in this case The second method that the author uses was characterization - another major factor of foundation for a good read Ross used excellent descriptions for the two main characters This is because they could be related to fairly easily and realistically Ellens strong and hopeful feelings which dance around the idea of a better healthier and even a little more rewarding life are nicely depicted The reality of her hopes however is that the things she wants and needs most are unattainable which links her feelings to the theme of isolation
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