Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Response to A Mown Lawn
Lydia Davis' A Mown Lawn is a thought provoking, compact, short story. Her main character hates a "mown lawn." Everything represented by the way the word is spelled to the way it sounds congers up a picture of dissatisfaction. Perhaps because a mowed lawn needs continual upkeep, is a tedious, laborious task and is symbol of suburban, constantly growing America she needs to show us the dangers of a mown lawn.The words spelled out from mown lawn are a "long moan", "man", "raw war" - all negative and combative images. There is something raw in the word "raw war." A moan lawn might symbolize the repression she feels in a male dominated society or the repression she feels of not having a voice in a mown lawn society or a society obsessed with appearances. She tries to point out which I felt interesting "Did more lawn in America make more lawmen in America? Did more lawn make more Nam?" Does a mown lawn embody our pursuit for the American dream or own American ideals that we are blind to other more important matters?