Winesburg, Ohio written by Sherwood Anderson
People usually think a grotesque is a person who has bad background, who people hate and has Most of stories in Winesburg, Ohio which is written by Sherwood Anderson talk about how grotesque people in the 19th century were. And most of people at that time thought that being a grotesque was horrible. However, “The Book of The Grotesque” and “Hands” are two stories which show that the grotesques are not all horrible, and each grotesque has their own truth or belief. In “The Book of The Grotesque”, the carpenter, who helps the writer to fix the bed, is a grotesque.
The carpenter used to be a soldier in the Civil War, and he also used to be a prisoner in Andersonville prison with his brother. Unfortunately, his brother died because of starvation. Whenever the carpenter talks about his brother death, he always cries. The way he cries makes him more grotesque.
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Sherwood Anderson mentions it in the story : “…. when he cried he puckered up his lips and the mustache bobbed up and down. The weeping old man with the cigar in his mouth was ludicrous. ”. The carpenter acts like a grotesque, but he isn’t bad or horrible.
He acts like a grotesque because he thinks his brother’s death is his bad. Every time he talks about his brother’s death, he forgets everything around him. And this time he forgets to fix the bed for the writer. In short, a carpenter, a Civil War soldier, becomes a grotesque whenever he reminds his brother’s death. But it is not make him become a horrible person. The writer, the writer of “The Book of The Grotesque” in Winesburg, Ohio, is the sixty-years-old man. He has a weak heart, but he is still a hard smoker. In his mind, there is always an idea that he will die unexpectedly whenever he lays on his bed.
But that idea doesn’t make him feel more depressed, it helps him feel more alive. He feels like he becomes younger. In Winesburg, Sherwood Anderson write “He was like a pregnant woman, only that the thing inside him was not a baby but a youth. ”. This sentence shows how grotesque the writer is. How can a man is like a pregnant woman ?. The sentence also points the change inside the writer out. However, that point is not only the reason makes the writer becomes a grotesque. Sherwood Anderson says “In the bed the writer had a dream that was not a dream.
As he grew somewhat sleepy but was still conscious…. ” The writer has a weird dream because he sees all the people he has ever known have become grotesque. In addition, he think most grotesques are good people, and they are not as horrible as people usually think about them. They have their own truth which makes them different from the others. Sherwood Anderson write “Man made the truths himself and each truth was a composite of a great many vague thoughts. All about in the world were the truths and they were all beautiful. ”.
In his book, the writer shows hundreds of the truths such as the truth of virginity, the truth of passion, the truth of wealth and poverty, the truth of thrift and profligacy, the truth of carelessness and abandon. These truth make people become grotesque, but they don’t make us become a horrible person. “Hand” is the story which shows how a good person becomes a grotesque after being misjudged. Wing Biddlebaum is the main character in this story. He has lived alone in Winesburg for twenty years, Ohio, and he doesn’t really want to talk with anybody except George Willard.
His hand always moves or does something weird whenever he talks to somebody. The action of the hand makes him feel more comfortable. His hand is the reason makes him become a symbol or a grotesque in Winesburg. Sherwood Anderson mention “The story of Wing Biddlebaum’s hand is worth a book itself……It a job for a poet. ”. When people talk about Wing Biddlebaum, they talk about his hand first because it attracts people by its activity “With them Wing Biddlebaum had picked as high as a hundred and forty quarts of strawberries in a day. ”. His hand makes people in Winesburg proud of.
However, most people in the town don’t know why his hand always moves whenever he talks to someone. Wing Biddlebaum used to be Adolph Myers, a school teacher in a town in Pennsylvania, and he was loved by the boys in the school. At that time, he had his own truth, the truth of dream. He believed himself. Every time he dreamed he made some weird action on his student and told them what he dreamed about. Sherwood Anderson writes “….. Here and there went his hands, caressing the shoulders of the boys, playing about the tousled heads. ”. Unfortunately, the tragedy came to him in one day.
After hearing what the boy said about what Adolph Myers did, their parents were angry. They went to the school, called him , and beat him. Some people brought a rope. They wanted to hang him. But in the end, they let him go away. After leaving Pennsylvania, he went to Winesburg and lived in fear. In short, Wing Biddlebaum is a grotesque, but he is not a bad or horrible person. He was a teacher and loved by the student which show how good and amusing he was. But because of one misjudged, people think he is a horrible person and want to kill him.