Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Curzon's Unborn Child

To me Curzon's unborn child shows a lack of stoicism that I was not expecting. He seemed to actually care about something for the first time besides his "duty" to England (i.e. as a military man and by creating a family). When Emily tells him that she is carrying his child he shows emotion towards her when he Calls her "my darling" (137). He appeared to me an excited little child dreaming of the future. His son would be just like him because that is what he believes to be good and proper.

When Curzon found out that his son had died before being born, he slipped right back into his old stoic self. He was just as cold and unfeeling as ever and didn’t even seem to care too much about his son’s death.

This being said, after reading your post, Candice, I believe you have made a valuable point that I had not thought of. It is quite possible that the death of the child (and Emily’s inability to try again) could symbolize the fact that Curzon really is the last of his kind by being the last of his family line. The country does not want any more of the kind of men that caused the immense amounts of casualties in a war that was fought only to hold up their “old fashioned” ideals.

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