Abrahamic Allusions and Agrarianism in Wendell Berry's "The Solemn Boy"

March 2019
Rocky Mountain Review;Spring2019, Vol. 73 Issue 1, p42
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
A literary criticism of Wendell Berry's short story "The Solemn Boy" is presented. It examines the biblical weight of the story by presenting the characters Ptolemy and Minnie Proudfoot as refigurations of the biblical tale of Abraham and Sarah. It explores how Berry imagines the act of agrarianism to have a profoundly ethical effect, transforming and ennobling those who engage in it. An overview of the story is also given.


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