Analysis of Poetic Justice by Dianna Appleyard

Poetic Justice “Poetic Justice” is a short story by Dianna Appleyard. In the short story is there presented a contrast. It is a contrast between a woman, who lives an ordinary life with husband and children, and then Jed Cunningham who lives on the edge. He take risks, is very spontaneous and never looks back on the past, he is always “seizing the day’l as the story puts it. Somehow there is a common in these two persons, and it is their dreams. Their dream about doing something they know never will happen and their desire of being crazy and spontaneous.

Jed Cunningham was a young man, who had been in a relationship with the woman n the story. He hated to look back, and he had a mantra which was “you lived for the day’2. The last thing he would ever do was to come to the school reunion, because throughout he had been at school, he never seemed a part of the school. The teacher feared him and accused him of disrespect for their authority. It was because of his searing intelligence and his inability to fit into the common herd. Still he was the kind of person everyone looked up to and wanted to be.

He had his own opinions, was independent, had his own ideas and he was clever. The woman in the story is described as a woman, who fears reality and a typical ousewife. She is living in the past and can’t realize she is a middle age woman, with two children and a husband. She is a woman with furrows and forms, because she is getting older, but she won’t realize. She is wearing her daughter clothes, uses her cream to hide the furrows and go to the gym to the rid of her forms. It is like she has a low self-esteem and fears the fact that she is a middle age woman.

After he broke up with Jed, she forgot her dreams and her future. Then her life turned out as the way it had to, go to the university, get a husband, have children, a car and a house. She had to be safe, so she could secure her future, but she forgot her dreams. The youthful relationship there was between Jed and her was heavenly. It was so heavenly that it still comes in their minds 20 years after they broke up. But I don’t think it is because of their feelings to each other, that they can’t stop thinking about each other.

I think it is the thoughts about how they could have lived, that keeps them remembering each other. Jed went to Ireland to be a poet. He spends his whole life to think about the meaning to his misery, and he will never find it. She keeps critically her own life, because short glimpses from 20 years ago. When Jed then turns up in her life again in the chat, she has to reconsider her life situation. First it seems like she is ready to leave everything and live life in egoism like Jed. Luckily she can’t do it.

They both have a path and they Just can’t change that. She can’t have what he has, and he can’t have what she has. She ends up having a family that she truly loves, and he sits alone with his dog. The story is told in 3rd perspective, because the uses of “she” and “he” about the in the story. First of all because of the family issues described in the text is very detailed, so detailed that only one who had experienced itself, could tell it. Also because the narrator in the end of the story changes from 3rd narrator to 1 rd narrator. And I’m not a poet, I thought. “3 Through the story, the narrator gets satisfied with the person that she has become. She is not the same, as when she was together with Jed. She is not a poet anymore, her poetic Justice has appeared. She has stopped aiming for a life, which she knows she never will be able to get, and therefore has the poetic Justice appeared. “The face f a mother about to collect her daughter from school, the face of a mother who lives a acceptable life. “4 The short story changed through the story.

It is like her and Jed has accomplished their dreams, but not the dream they started living for. One followed his heart, and then one followed the customs. All in all they ended up living as two people living their dream, but still not knowing what to do. That teaches us one thing. We have to make choices, when we are stuck. We have to consider our lives and the direction we won’t it to go. Nothing would be worse than waking up 20 years later, and then discovering that what we chose was wrong.