Thursday, December 13, 2018

'William Somerset Maugham’s ‘the Lotus Eater’\r'

'Q: Sketch the part of Thomas Wilson. Is the name ‘lotos-eater’ appropriate to him? Ans. William Somerset Maugham’s compelling short invention ‘The Lotus feeder’ paints his curious meeting with Thomas Wilson, the pivotal theatrical role of the story. A retired English bank manager, Wilson, who made the Italian island Capri his own abode, had a good deal of gossip going about him. No believer of tout ensemble the tittle-tattle that went about him on the island and elsewhere, the origin met him personally to discover his real division. When the author met him for the first time, Wilson, a middle-aged fellow, had already spent fifteen eld on the island.\r\nAs Wilson himself revealed to the author, he fell in love with Capri at first sight. Capri was an island of superb sights and sounds so much so that Wilson would enjoy them heartily until the refinement day of his life. After his retirement, he come throughd on an rente that was to put ou t for only twenty-five years, and he wished to live these years to his heart’s content. He was a man who would live in the present lovingness little about the future. To Wilson, he had justifiable moderateness to live by and by his own heart, since he had none on earth to worry about. He love nature, music and books, which alone could feed the thoughts of a alone(p) man like him.\r\nHe preferred vacuous to work, for he believed that people worked only to obtain leisure time. nice wonder, after the expiry of his annuity, Wilson fell on welt days and lost the will-power to carry his life whatsoever further. With no hopes to live for, Wilson once made an effort to commit suicide. Though he survived the mortal attempt, he was no longer in his right mind. then(prenominal) one fateful morning, he was found be on the mountainside with his eyes closed for ever. The author recalled Wilson saying that he had come to the island on a moonlit night.\r\nHence, he assumed that W ilson had breathed his last while feasting his eyes on a breath-taking sight in the moonlight. It is noteworthy that the title of the story ‘The Lotus Eater’ is remarkably appropriate to the character of Wilson. The lotus eaters in Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ were the mariners of Ulysses who forgot their friends and homes after consuming the ‘lotos’ plant on Lotus-land. Having consumed the plant, the mariners broke into a memorable chorus. The chorus worded the anguish that came with toil, as as well the joy that they had in that blissful life of leisure and inaction.\r\n'

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