Professor Juniper Ellis
2 October 2013
The Feeling Of Freedom
In the works written by Thomas Lynch, John Ciardi, and Edgar Allen Poe, all involve an event where a character frees themselves from a certain situation. In Lynch’s “Liberty,” the speaker frees himself from his wife, turns against social norms, and urinates on his front lawn. In Ciardi’s “Suburban” the speaker is asked to remove dog waste from his neighbors lawn. He can’t help but think the situation is comical, as he tries to collect himself in a serious manner. In Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” a man traps an enemy, gets him drunk, and ultimately murders him.
In Thomas Lynch’s “Liberty,” the speaker feels he can go outside and urinate on his front lawn instead of using the restroom inside his house. He does not feel that he should follow any societal rules. The speakers ex-wife once said to him, “Why can’t you pee in concert with the most of human kind who do their business tidily indoors?” (Lynch lines 10-12). Not only is he freeing himself physically, but he is also freeing himself from the rules of society. The speaker does not want to conform to society. The speaker also states he is no longer married to the woman who told him to urinate inside. This displays that he has relieved the person from his life who tried to control him. He felt as if she was taking away his freedom.
In John Ciardi’s “Suburban,” the speaker is asked to remove dog waste from his neighbors flowers. The speaker believes this situation is funny and can’t help but be a bit sarcastic. Although this task wasn’t a difficult one, since it was his own dog, he still has to free himself from a situation his dog has put him in. The speaker says, “The animal of it. I hope this hasn’t upset you, Mrs. Friar.” (Ciardi lines 16-17). It is obvious the speaker is being sarcastic about the situation in a kind, genuine way.
In Edgar Allen Poe’s, “The Cask of Amontillado,” the speaker has freed himself from his enemy by killing him. He enjoys being in control as he kills this man he deceives. The speaker gets the man drunk before killing him, maybe he felt some guilt before killing the man. “For a brief moment I hesitated--I trembled” (Poe 1065). This quote reveals that although he enjoyed having control over this drunk man, he felt guilty as well.
I attended an event last Friday. It was one of Shakespeare's plays, The Merry Wives of Windsor. I really enjoyed this play because I felt that the actors truly enjoyed preforming for an audience. I was pleasantly surprised that there were so many people who attended this play. The actors were very funny and I really liked how they added jokes throughout the play. If it was as serious as the original, I feel that the audience, who were mostly college students, wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much. It was about a man named Falstaff who is financially unstable. He decides to send a love letter to two wealthy and happily married woman, Mistress Ford and Mistress Page, hoping to win them over. I believe this play relates to freedom because these actors feel free on stage. They are comfortable being themselves as well as taking on the roles of different characters.
In the works, “Liberty,” by Lynch “Suburban,” by Ciardi and “The Cask of Amontillado,” by Poe, an event/events take place that display a sense of freedom and the freeing of oneself. All three of these speakers face a situation where they feel the need to free themselves in order to be content.