The pen that the boss uses to drop the ink on the fly may also have some symbolic significance. Now many people are dying of it. How you cannot fight with life because it does not appear to have what you want, that time is not always the sole healer of all wounds, and the brutal horrors of war. It gave him a feeling of deep, solid satisfaction to be planted there in the midst of it in full view of that frail old figure in the muffler. He cannot weep on command.
Maybe it was that I enjoyed the story as I would a normal one? Both of them had lost their sons in the First World War. To celebrate, the Boss retrieves a bottle of Whisky. Oblique narration influenced by Chekhov but certainly developed by Mansfield includes the use of symbolism - the doll's house lamp, the fly, the pear tree - hinting at the hidden layers of meaning. The writer herself died of T. When he learns the news, he feels that his life is in ruins. Everything that he worked hard for was for his son but everything went crashing down when his son died.
Themes too are universal: human isolation, the questioning of traditional roles of men and women in society, the conflict between love and disillusionment, idealism and reality, beauty and ugliness, joy and suffering and the inevitabilty of these paradoxes. The pathetic condition of this old man helps us to understand the mood of post-war depression in Europe. This clearly shows that the time has made him forget his grief. The end of the story is also interesting as there is a sense that the boss has learnt nothing from his experiment with the fly. Just like the fly, man tries hard and gets out of the grip of death for the time being, but fate captures him again.
However, he is now confronted with an insurmountable barrier that he is frightened of facing --the death of his only son. The Boss gets really sad and almost cries. Mansfield's stories were the first of significance in English to be written without a conventional plot. But no matter, what the boss did, death was inevitable. Others argue that 'time is a great healer, vanquisher of all the griefs and sorrows of man' due to six years having passed since the death of the son of the boss, and he has now lost his acute emotions and memories. However, he went to a war and died.
Woodifield is struggling to remember the reason why he came to talk with the boss, which he seems to remember after he drinks the fine whiskey he's offered. The Fly is an allegory describing the relationship between God and man. But then, inadvertently, a friend reminds him, tells him both their dead sons graves are near each other, in Belgium, flowers growing on the ground over them. It's shocking how reminiscent I find the latter half of the story with the fly to be. The memory of his greatest loss comes back to him. If there is any copyright infringement, be kind enough to report the author.
Woodifield and the boss after bringing up that the girls had visited their sibling's and the boss son's grave. The other significant theme in 'The Fly' is forgetting. Above all life is what you make of it, you either takes it or you leave it. He tries to remember what he had been thinking about before noticing the fly, but cannot recall his grieving for his son. In this short story Katherine Mansfield has concentrated on the character of the Boss.
The boss is shown to be intelligent through his success and also by the way he contemplates a situation before making a decision or an assumption. He then sees a fly, struggling to get out of his broad inkpot. He imagines his son in a state of stasis, the body unchanged. As soon as the fly is about to fly, he drops a drop of ink on it and enjoys its struggle. First, the writer tells us about the state of grief of Mr. That should do the trick.
He lost his son Reggie in the war No control of himself: 1. He continued to work hard after his younger friend, Mr. Now it is the last drop. The main character in the story which is the boss is characterized as caring about the reputation of his business, not greedy and refined. It is also shown that the boss likes to prepare for the future through how the boss had been building up his business for the sole purpose of leaving it to his only son. This is a quick summary of The Fly by Katherine Mansfield. The Boss is introduced through a conversation with his friend Woodifield.