In D.H. Lawrence’s poem “Snake,” the reader can read the poem from a literal stand point and it is clear the narrator is struggling with the expectation society puts upon him as a man. The narrator cannot decide how to treat the snake. His education tells him that the snake is poisonous because of its coloring. And his education tells him that because it is poisonous he should kill it, if he “were a man”, he would “take a stick and break him now, and finish him off.” The narrator initially appears to reject the latter position, instead expressing how he “felt so honored” by the arrival of the unexpected “guest in quiet.”
The waging battle between what he knows society wants him to do and what he wants to do continues. As the narrator decides to watch the snake as he retreats, you are lead to believe the narrator is taking a stand against what is expected of him. However, suddenly at the last moment the narrator “picked up a clumsy log/ and threw it at the water trough with a clatter.” This action indicates how he cannot ove...
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... two great literary works readers can get a better perspective on how to handle expectations in their own lives. Even though these great works were written long ago, the pressure of expectations still exists today.
Davidas, Lionel. " 'I, Too, Sing America ': Jazz And Blues Techniques And Effects In Some Of Langston Hughes 's Selected Poems." Dialectical Anthropology 26.3/4 (2001): 267-272. Academic Search Complete. Web. 24 Sept. 2014.
Dheifallah Ibrahim Shlash, Mohammad. "Dynamics Of Human Relationships In The Novels Of D.H. Lawrence: A Study Of Sons And Lovers, The Rainbow And Women In Love." Language In India 14.3 (2014): 144-153. Communication & Mass Media Complete. Web. 23 Sept. 2014.
Ekanath, Nila. "The Reality In Langston Hughes ' Poems." Language In India 10.4 (2010): 13. Communication & Mass Media Complete. Web. 24 Sept. 2014.
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