Early reviewers said that the story reveals the secrets and hopes of George Willard and Helen White through its use of clear, conversational diction and graphic description of setting. Critics also noted that the character of George was a not-well-disguised portrait of Anderson himself.
It is significant that the happiness described in this next-to-the-last tale is a silent hour of togetherness. Both George Willard and Helen White come to their walk from scenes where they feel disgust at overly talkative people. George says of Wesley Moyer, who has been bragging about a stallion, "Old windbag.
Why don't he shut up? Thus Anderson emphasizes again the importance of intuition over verbal communication. As Walt Whitman said, "Logic and sermons never convince; the damp of the night drives deeper into my soul.
This change is particularly apparent in George, whom we have seen exposed to a number of maturing experiences — culminating with the death of his mother. Now the voice outside himself that he listened for in "Nobody Knows" and that spoke to him briefly in "An Awakening" whispers again — this time "concerning the limitations of life.
At last he is becoming a mature artist. We should not think, however, that the artist will necessarily be morose. The pessimism of George's perception about man's passage from nothing to nothing is mitigated by his experience with Helen. When they sit together in the deserted grandstand, as though to see the spectacle of life, we are told that they are confronted by ghosts, the people who have been there that day.
Helen White is herself more a symbol than a real person. Her name suggests her beauty, like that of Helen of Troy, and her last name indicates her purity and innocence.
George, in "Nobody Knows" and "An Awakening," saw the woman he was with in terms of her sexual attraction, but here he thinks of Helen as a friend, not as a woman, thus keeping her on a symbolic plane.
He wants, most of all, understanding. Leaves and corn convey this impression quite forcefully. George, for example, sees himself as "merely a leaf blown by the wind through the streets of his village.
The wind whispered among the dry corn blades. It is more likely, however, that the author of Winesburg is suggesting that George's maturation is simply a part of the natural process that though his life in Winesburg is almost over, his life elsewhere is just beginning.
We will see this imagery carried into the next chapter, showing George's departure in the spring. Even as the young couple walk together, they vacillate between the children they have been and the adults they are becoming.Dive deep into Sherwood Anderson's Sophistication with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion.
Sherwood Anderson (–). Winesburg, Ohio. When the moment of sophistication came to George Willard his mind turned to Helen White, the Winesburg banker’s daughter.
Always he had been conscious of the girl growing into womanhood as he grew into manhood. Once on a summer night when he was eighteen, he had walked with her on a.
Winesburg, Ohio study guide contains a biography of Sherwood Anderson, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a . Anderson tells us that Elizabeth Willard's death has enabled George "for the first time to take the backward view of life," to recognize with the "sadness of sophistication" that "in spite of all the stout talk of his fellows he must live and die in uncertainty.".
"Sophistication", an intriguing story by Sherwood Anderson, is written about George Willard and his lonely journey into manhood. He is a small town boy from Ohio who is discouraged by the lack of direction in his life.
Sherwood Anderson’s best-known and most important work is the American classic, Winesburg, Ohio. It is a collection of associated short stories set in the mythical town of Winesburg in the.