“The man was already cleared of the bush when Mr. McMaster reached him…his feet were cut and grossly swollen, every exposed surface of skin was scarred by insect and bat bites.”(581) In the short story, “The Man Who Liked Dickens”, Evelyn Waugh stimulates the reader’s feelings and thoughts, feelings for the characters and thoughts of enslavement and theme.
Evelyn Waugh stimulates the reader’ feelings by making the reader feel sorry for the two main characters, Henty and Mr. McMaster. One good example of Evelyn stimulating the reader’s sorrow for Henty is when he describes what Henty’s wife has done to him, “…and it was she who upset the good order of his life by confessing her affection for another man” (581).
Stimulating the reader’ s sorrow for Henty in this statement is used to get the reader to show feeling for this particular character. Another good example of Evelyn Waugh stimulating feelings of sorrow, is when the reader learns of Mr. McMaster’s unfortunate disability. “Can you Read? [Henty answers positively] It is not everyone who is so fortunate. I cannot.” (585) This sense of guilt for the character stimulates the reader, for now they have reason to read on. The reader now cares for the main characters and wants to see how each one wants and tries to help the other.
Just as Evelyn stimulates the reader’s feelings, he also stimulates their thoughts. One particular example is the idea of enslavement. Enslavement is the central idea of this short story. Mr. McMaster, basically, holds Henty prisoner. He took care of him and brought his health back. What he wanted in return though, was the problem. Mr. McMaster wanted Henty to stay there with him on his farm and read Charles Dickens novels to him because he cannot read them himself. The farmer shows his controlling side after Henty has asked the natives, unsuccessfully, to build him a boat, “It is easier that you say anything you wish through me.”(588) This shows Mr. McMaster as the controller of his little world. He refers to the natives as his “children.” (588) As the story moves on, Henty’s “gloomy foreboding of permanent exile”(588) becomes more and more apparent. He tries to get help through a man passing through the village by scribbling his name on a piece of paper and slyly giving it to him. This brings people from England, looking for Henty, but when they came by, Henty had been drugged by the natives and missed them. “It is a pity … you missed our guests.”(590) He then realizes that he is stuck there, like a murderer in prison, sentenced for life.
I – Definition of feeling: In psychology, feeling is the perception of events within the body, closely related to emotion. The term feeling is a verbal noun denoting the action of the verb to feel, which derives etymologically from the Middle English verb felen, “to perceive by touch, by palpation.” It soon came to mean, more generally, to perceive through those senses that are not referred to any ...
Finally, Evelyn Waugh stimulates the reader to think about theme. Many themes can come out of this story. One prevails as the most important, don’t ever get into something that you don’t know your way out of. This theme is the main theme, for Henty runs from his troubles with his wife in England to go explore a region he has never been to; not to mention is not trained for. He now lives with those consequences. His poor decision making has brought him to Mr. McMaster’s farm. Since the lonely farmer took care of him and nursed him back to health, he almost has an obligation to Mr. McMaster. He didn’t have to take care of Henty. He could have just let him die in the jungle where he laid, but he didn’t. Therefore, Henty must read to him. Henty must take problems head on and resolve them when they happen. If he had, he would have avoided the situation he is in.
I have shown how Evelyn Waugh stimulated the readers feelings and thoughts in many ways through “The Man Who Liked Dickens”. Feelings for the characters, thoughts of servitude and theme, all were apparent in this short story. This story stimulates the idea that running from your problems might make you find all new ones.
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