Symbolism In Alan Hunter's Tale

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Throughout the story, Hunter leads the reader on to believe that the main character is a human. From the beginning, he reassures the view that Field is, “in many respects, just such as fellow as you and I.” (Hunter 218) Every aspect of Field’s life is so closely compared to a humans that the reader may fail to notice a few subtle hints of his true identity being dropped. Through odd uses of locution, Hunter often hits the reader over the head with verbal symbolism. In the second paragraph of the story, Field’s home life is described: “He lived in a fairly decent neighbourhood, the corner of Beam and Crossway, if you’re familiar with it…” (218) Later, his working and family life are described as well: “He worked at night, mostly, and a night worker might sometimes have…show more content…
Upon Field’s reaching for the cheese, Hunter provides a sense of worry, and by the time he is caught in the mousetrap, the reader knows what happened to him. Once again, Field Mouse is compared to the reader: “And Field Mouse, reacting in much the same way that you and I might, never knew what hit him.” (221) Upon asserting that Field is a mouse, the author makes the reader realize that humans are the superior being in Field’s case. However, if humans are compared to mice throughout the rest of the story, a point can be made that Field’s death is a warning to humanity: if humans stay comfortable and have a superiority complex, they won’t be wary when and if a superior creature does arise. Hunter is stating that an Inferiority Complex, in the sense of a fear of some greater being, is reasonable. The tragedy of Field Mouse can be compared to many other parables, including “The Flight of Icarus” - as Icarus’ wings of wax melted beneath the Sun, Field Mouse meets his doom through his belief that he is at the top of his

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