In this short story, the boss is known to be in decent physical health, compared to Old Woodifield, but not in great health mentally. The story states, "…five years older than he, and still going strong, still at the helm. It did one good to see him," which says something about their age since they both had children old enough to be in the military and it had been 6 years since his son passed. This implies that he himself is of a decent age, and to be five years older than Woodifield and still be in moderate health lets the viewer know that he is taking care of his body. However, the boss was taken aback by the reference to his son 's grave and it flipped the switch in his mind from joyful to depressed. Secondly, the story reads, "He took a key off his watch-chain, unlocked a cupboard below his desk, and drew forth a dark, squat bottle. "That 's the medicine," said he." This implies that he used to or still does drink to forget, for it heals his mental wounds like metaphorical "medicine." In no way is the boss proven to be a drun...
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...odifield and for a man doing so well that would be as awful as death in his wise aged eyes.
In conclusion, although the fly drowns as if to symbolize his despair, his need to cope is gone. The boss seems to be inadequate physical health but he is fighting his own depression that he thinks he should be feeling for his son, yet the fly provides a distraction that he needed to move on. From his talk with Old Woodifield to the drowning of the fly, the boss is fighting an internal battle few could understand. He is no longer needing to cope with his son 's death but now needs to cope with why he does not feel as upset as he did for all of those years. His physical health is strong, but his mental health is deteriorating. The boss and the fly are perfect symbolism of what depression actually is or what it does to someone. They show that fighting back is not always enough.
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