Winesburg, Ohio Essay

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In the following excerpt, Rigsby argues that Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio is concerned with the meaning of the feminine and the "relationships between the men and women of Winesburg. "

The meaning Sherwood Anderson gives to the characters of women and to the qualities of the feminine is an important source of unity in Winesburg, Ohio. Anderson identifies the feminine with a pervasive presence of a fragile, hidden "something" that corresponds both to the lost potential of each of the grotesques and to the secret knowledge that each story is structured to reveal. The themes most frequently identified as the unifying forces of Winesburg, Ohio, the failure of communication and the development of the artist, are closely related to Anderson's focus on the meaning of the feminine. In Winesburg, Ohio communication is blocked because of the devaluation of the feminine qualities of vulnerability. and tenderness even though the artist's creativity...

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