Everything you need to understand or teach The Room by Conrad Aiken.
The Room begins with the speaker telling of a past struggle, which took place in a particular but unidentified room. As if pointing, he says, Through that window . . . I saw the strugglea struggle / Of darkness against darkness in which the darkness turned and turned and dived downward. Everything besides the speaker and the window now is gone, all else being extinct / Except itself [the window] and me. No reason is given for the struggle or its origin, history, or circumstances.
The insight the speaker gains from seeing the struggle is that he saw / How order mightif chaos wishedbecomethat is, how order can come into being out of chaos. Chaos is depicted as having potential: order might come into existence if chaos wished.
In this section, the speaker traces the way chaos is transformed into order. He saw the darkness crush upon itself,... View more of the The Room Summary