An Analysis Of 'Lucinda Matlock' By Edgar Lee Masters

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Once the elderly reach a certain age, they start to reminisce on their life and obstacles they went through. In Edgar Lee Masters’ poem, “Lucinda Matlock,” a women speaks of her life, after her death has already taken place. Lucinda Matlock, is the narrator of the poem, and is speaking to the younger generation. Masters portrays a typical American woman, who feels the youth is becoming pessimistic and hopeless. In this poem, Matlock represents positivity, strength and, overcoming challenges that come with living life to the fullest. Masters’ main purpose for the poem is to show the youth, that all the complaining and self-pity is a waste of time, go out and live life instead. Matlock is a very interesting character, who lived to be ninety-six…show more content…
Masters shows the audience, that the older generations went through an era where hard work and a good work ethic were most valued. Even though the negatives sometimes out weighted the positives, they still kept moving forward with their lives. The older generation realized that life was not always easy, and came with trials and tribulations. He feels that the older generation grasped this concept, better than the youth, and lived through many tough times, yet still tried to live a simple and happy life. The main purpose of the poem, is to illustrate the difference in attitude and motivation between the two generations. It is obvious to the readers, Masters feels the younger generation has a sense of entitlement to a good life, even though the universe does not necessarily owe them anything “Lucinda Matlock,” by Edgar Lee Masters, illustrates the older generation’s upbringing and their views on the youth. This is a very common action done by many elderly people, once they realize most of their life is over. Masters uses Matlock as his narrator because, she lived what seems to be a very hard life, yet even after her death, still feels lucky to have lived the life she did. From this poem, the audience can take away a better understanding of life, and understand it is important to enjoy the little things that life has to

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