Write About the Way Auden Tells the Story in Miss Gee

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Initially the story of Miss Gee comes across as old lady going through life. Though the opening sentence 'let me tell your little story' instantly belittles Miss Gee in the word little showing that it is just a story with little importance. It makes her appear insignificant despite her being the main and only character we see in full detail. This technique is effective as despite her lending her name to the title and being the content of the poem she is small and insignificant. This carries on to when Auden describes her lips 'thin and small' this highlights her insignificant further as it appears to he reader she is old and frail and unappealing. Furthermore it becomes clear that she as a lady is unwanted, even within her own religion for example when she is in the church and she sits in the 'side-aisle', she is on the perimeter in her own religion highlighting even within somewhere she feels she belongs she is still an outsider and she herself is in the side aisle of society. Auden continues this poor description even in the worse moment of her life in the poem for example even with the revaluation of her illness, the doctor highlights her insignificance in saying that cancer happens to 'childless women' and 'men when they retire', this shows that it is towards the end of a persons life when loneliness catches them, and shows that Miss Gee has had this all her life and in some respects it is her own fault she has cancer as she was never a attractive women to men, this seen in the fact this reiterates the status of men and women and Miss Gee has not lived her lived to the potential that is expected from her. The last point in which her insignificance is shown is in her actual death whereby she is 'hung up' and dissected, this in itself is demoralising highlighting no-one really cared about her and she was in some way a very minor piece to a puzzle that is society.…...

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