The Three Day Blow
Summary Of The Three Day Blow:
The Three Day Blow is a dramatic story written by Ernest Hemingway. This story describes the states of mind of its main characters.
The setting of The Three Day Blow is very significant because it offers an opportunity for the characters to carry out different actions. It is significant also because it reflects the three different state of Nick’s (main character) mind.
It was a windy afternoon of autumn. The rain had just stopped and the forceful wind of autumn was blowing through bare apple trees. There was a cottage at the top of the hill. The cottage had front porch, back porch, back porch, living room, dining room and a loft. There were garage, a chicken coop and second growth timber. A beautiful scene of woods, a lake and orchard could be seen standing on the front porch. Most of the events in this dramatic story takes place inside the cottage specially in the living room and the dining room.
The weather condition has quite a lot to do with the sequence of events. The weather condition offers the characters Nick and Bill an opportunity to sit in the cottage and have conversation on serious topics drinking alcohol. It had just stopped raining which allows Nick to go to the cottage of the Bill. As the wind was blowing forcefully outside, they could do nothing except to imprison themselves in the cottage and have conversation. The weather condition was quite appropriate for them to drink Irish whisky and scotch. Drinking of alcohol enabled them to have conversation on various topics freely and frankly. Therefore, whatever was done and said in this dramatic story is due to the weather condition.
The weather condition is significant also because it reflects three moods of Nick. The first day blow reflects the confused state of Nick’s mind. The second day blow reflects the pain of separation experienced by Nick. While the third day blow reflects Nick’s hope for reunion with Marjorie.
Thus, the weather condition doesn’t only offer a setting for the character to speak their dialogue and to carry out their actions; it also reflects the mental action of its main characters.
Some Important Questions Of The Three Day Blow:
Question. What has the weather condition to do with sequence of events?
Answer. Refer summary.
Question. Describe the setting in which the writer locates his characters.
Answer. Refer Summary.
Question. Discuss “The Three Day Blow” as a dramatic story.
Ans. The Three Day Blow is a dramatic story because it uses elements of both drama and story. Drama is one of the genera of literature which unfolds its plot (series of events) basically through dialogues and action of characters. The elements of drama are setting, plot, character, language, dialogue, tone and atmosphere. The Three Day Blow has powerful setting which reflects and conditions both the physical and mental actions of the characters. It also has a plot which is revealed to the readers through interaction and narration. It has two major stage characters like Nick and Bill and some off stage characters like Marjorie, the father of Nick and Bill, etc. It means it has all the important elements of drama. Like a drama it is divided into seven approximate scenes beside the exposition. Because of having all these elements of drama; The Three Day Blow reads like a drama. But besides the elements of drama, it also uses narration which is the most important element of story.
Thus, it’s neither purely a drama nor purely a story. So it’s a dramatic story which combines both story and a drama.
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THE LOST DOLL
THE HOUSE CALL
MY HEART LEAPS UP WHEN I BEHOLD
SPEAKING OF CHILDREN
LOOK AT THE TEACUP
A WORN PATH
UNCHOPPING A TREE
THE POPLAR FIELD
THE NIGHTMARE LIFE WITHOUT FUEL