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A Moment of Revelation in “The Untold Lie”

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2015, (56), pp.217-240
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : December 31, 2014
  • Accepted : January 29, 2015

Lee, Jong-moon 1

1협성대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Sherwood Anderson does not show reality as it is appeared on the surfacein the lives of grotesques, but catches the moments for grotesques to realizethe essence of life and describes through a variety of images in Winesburg,Ohio. Especially, “The Untold Lie”, a separate tale, shows the quintessencein his art that deals with the moments of revelation. In this short tale, although Ray and Hal are different not only in physiquebut also in temperament, Anderson focuses on the two men’s interplay tounderstand and empathize with each other. The moment they stand staringinto each other’s eye in an field on sensing the beauty of the country isdepicted as the image of a picture. In that Anderson artistically expresses ashort moment of realization for individuals who live repressed and isolatedlife to sympathize their inner truths, I greatly appreciate the literary value of“The Untold Lie”.

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