George gave a little chuckle, but was I mistaken in thinking that there was in it the shadow of a sob? But that's easier said than done. Of course I know she wants a holiday, and I'm glad she should have it, but it's devilish hard on a chap. After we had talked for a little George, looking at his watch, said he must go and change his clothes for dinner and left us.

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The story under consideration entitled Mabel was written by William Somerset Maugham. William Somerset Maugham is one of the best known English writers of the 20th century. He was not only a novelist but also one of the most successful dramatists and short-story writers. Maugham travelled widely to all parts of the world. He visited Russia, America, Africa, Asia. The technique of short-story writing always interested Maugham. De Maupassant and Chekhov influenced him but he adopted his own unique technique, which is characterized by realistic and psychological presentation of the events.

The second structural element, complications, involves the two conflicts the story obtains. The first conflict is called man against man.

And the inner conflict, which George obtained is called obligation against desire. The complications are marked by the convergence of stylistic means to show the inner state of the main character.

To show that George wanted to escape the author deals with an oxymoron:. Show More. Popular Essays. Open Document.


Mabel, a short story by William Somerset Maugham

In Mabel by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of determination, despair, fear, appearance, devotion, escape, love, responsibility and struggle. Taken from his Collected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Maugham may be exploring the theme of determination. Nothing stops Mabel from locating or finding where George is. It is as though she is determined to go through with the marriage despite it being clear to the reader that George is in a state of despair. Fearful of how Mabel may have changed over the last seven years since he last saw her. Which some critics might suggest is not the best of foundations for a happy marriage.


The Analysis of Short Story "Mabel" by William Somerset Maugham

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