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Excellent job girls. nice "film". could u plz add on these stuff:

2) analyze how the author uses imagery to foreshadow upcoming event. e.g. visual imagery/ personification of the saw is a clue to what

5) you missed out the main theme: relationship bet man & nature. discuss this!







Out, Out-" by Robert Frost is a poem about a young boy who dies as a result of cutting his hand using a saw. Frost begins the poem by describing a young boy cutting some wood using a “buzz-saw”. The setting is Vermont and the time is late afternoon. The sun is setting and the boy’s sister calls him and the other workers to come for supper. As the boy hears its dinnertime, he gets excited but at the same time he wants to finish his work first. While he was really excited, he cuts his hands on accident. It was really fast that neither the readers nor the boy himself aspect the incident. He still laughs "ruefully" but, his heart only god know how pain it is. After all, he still a child who has to take a burden of an adult. Afterwards, the doctor came but, realizing that the doctor might cut off his hand, the boy asks his sister to make sure that it does not happen. Short after that, the boy loses his hand due to the lost of blood. He never wakes up again. The boys dead. The doctor, or even the worker can not do anything. The last sentence of the poem, “since they (the boys family and the doctor) not the one who is dead, turned to their affairs” indicate that in fact that the boys death is very tragic (he dead in his childhood), people move on with their life in a way to deliver the idea that death is inevitable and the living have to move on with their life.


The buzz-saw snarled and rattled in the yard
- loud noise(snarled) made by the sawing machine
and made dust and dropped stove-length sticks of wood,
- The loud noise came from the sawing machine where it cuts the wood and produce sawdust.
Sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across it.
- As the wind pass by the smells of the wood linger around
And from there those that lifted eyes could count
- The narrator introduces the setting of the place.
Five mountain ranges one behind the other
- The place is very beautiful with the natural beauty surrounding.
Under the sunset far into Vermont
- the scenery of the mountain under the sunset far into the Vermont are tranquil and calm.
And the saw snarled and rattled, snarled and rattled,
- In this line, the narrator repeats his description of the sharp sound effects ‘rattled’ of the sawing machine. The word ‘snarled’ refer to anger, like when an angry animal is about to attack. In the mean time, ‘nothing happened’ and give everybody the feeling that ‘day was all but done’.
As it ran light, or had to bear a load
- the way the narrator describe the saw is like a human where it sometimes
carry a light load of wood or sometimes had to bear a heavy load.
And nothing happened: day was all but done.
- At the moment, ‘nothing happened’ and give everybody the feeling that ‘day was all but done’ means nothing to be worried and keep all the work to be done.
Call it a day, I wish they might have said
- The boy wishes all his works already finish so that he can rest.
To please the boy by giving him the half and hour
- The boy would have appreciated being excuse for a half an hour earlier but he became impatient to finish all his work so he continue working.
That a boy count so much when saved from work
- he is thinking if he done all his work by today, he will have less work for tomorrow.
His sister stood beside them in her apron
- The boy’s sister with her apron stood beside all the workers.
To tell them “Supper.” At the word, the saw,
- To tell them the supper is ready and at the same time the saw machine…
As it to prove saws knew what supper meant,
- To prove saws notice and realize supper indicate to the boy cannot wait to have a good rest and excited to eat.
Leaped out at the boy’s hand, or seemed to leap
- The saw jump over and attack the boy’s hand like an angry animal.
He must have given the hand. However it was,
- in his confusion, the boy put his hand in the wrong place and this lead to willingly offered his own hand to the saw.
Neither refused the meeting. But the hand!
- The boy was too exhausted to react on time and let the saw slice his hand
The boy’s first outcry was a rueful laugh
- The boy’s scream very loud followed with a guiltily laugh
As he swung toward them holding up the hand
- as he move towards the workers with his injured hand
Half in appeal, but half as if to keep
- he begins to seek a sympathy from the worker by upraising his hand but at the
same time he hold back his hand from the workers.
The life from spilling. Then the boy saw all
- he lose a lot of blood ‘spilling’ and he saw everything that happen to him
Since he was old enough to know, big boy
- he was big enough to know what happened to him
Doing a man’s work, though a child at heart
- he was immature to do this work merely to earn a living and not for his joy or pleasure.
He saw all spoiled. “Don’t let him cut my hand off”
- The boys knew that his hand cannot be save anymore and he don’t want the Doctor to cut his hand off.
The doctor, when he comes. “Don’t let him, sister!”
- When the doctor arrives, he asks her sister not to let the doctor cut his hand.
So. But the hand was gone already
- Even he asks his sister not to let the doctor cut his hand, still cannot be save anymore.
The doctor put him in the dark of the ether.
- the doctor only induces him with anesthetic(ether) which makes him unconscious and feel no pain
He lay and puffed his lips out with his breath
- the doctor never give up and he try to save him by doing
CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
And then – the watcher at his pulse took fright
- people who wait at his bedside is describe as ‘the watcher’ didn’t expect he will die.
No one believed. They listened at his heart.
- people can’t believe it so they listened at his heart to assure it.
Little – less – nothing! – and they ended it
- there is no heartbeat. The boys died. They continue their work back.
No more to build on there. And they, since they
- as for them, nothing left there
were not the one dead, turned to their affairs
- they are selfish because for them the boy is nothing and dead is a natural process. They get back to their work again and move on to their normal routine.



1- Human versus Nature
Robert Frost criticizes the boy’s nature surrounding that forces the boy to leave his childhood and live a hard life beyond his own control. Beyond the natural view and the beautiful sight of Vermont, where the story takes place, there lies a hard life story of a young boy who has to accept the fate of his own life whether he like it or not. In contrast from the illustration of Vermont too, no one would believe that there are a tragic life buried behind it.
2- Death is inevitable; a normal phenomenon of life.
In this poem, the author try to convey the idea that death is something normal and unavoidable. While there is people died, the living have to continue living and to move on. This is clearly expressed in the poem as after the death, the people like such as the boy's family and doctor move on with their life and go back to their regular routine. They treated death without rage, tears, or wailing.
3- Death is unexpected
Robert Frost provides some imageries (refer to imagery section below for more details) in the early of the poem to make readers feel the tranquility and ‘see’ the beautiful scenery of Vermont. But then, in later lines, the author’s tone change and he brings in the dark atmosphere through the saw incident. Readers would never guess that the poem will end with a death. This method used by the author can be interpreted as telling the readers that death can be as sudden and as abrupt as the changes of tone in the poem.


2) Analyze how the author uses imagery to foreshadow upcoming event. e.g. visual imagery/ personification of the saw is a clue to what

  • Five mountain ranges one behind the other

Under the sunset far into Vermont.

The scenery is described as tranquil and calm. The readers will not expect that such poem will ended with death.

  • The saw snarled and rattled, snarled and rattled,

The repetition of the saw and its movement used to emphasize its presence and fore shadow what is coming. Buzz, snarled and rattled is the personification given by the author for the saw. The author portrays how danger a saw is when it is not carefully handled.

It may seem harmless and not heavy when it is not used, but one must not underestimate the danger that one might get when it is handle carelessly. In this poem, the boy underestimates the saw and handles it carelessly without knowing the danger that portrays his death later.

  • As he swung toward them holding up the hand

Half in appeal, but half as if to keep,

The life from spilling.

The author indicates that the boy is losing so much blood from the incident and death will soon approach him.




Robert Frost lifted his Pilot pen over and over again. His bald head (this is our bald-version of Robert Frost) was full with mess. Gosh!! The dateline was coming, but the idea was not running. The time was running out! Then he saw something… Hurm… could this be a good beginning? His fingers started to dance on the paper…


In a very poor low cast surrounding, a boy was sweating; hot summer day burned his tan rough skin. The axe he held growl and crawl, chopping the fire woods. The shed seemed to be creepy, and left only a few workers who worked late till midnight. His little sister, their very own cook, shouted, “It’s going to rain. Keep your woods and put on your hood!” At the word, the axe- as it knew what it meant, leaped out at the boy’s hand, or seemed to leap- couldn’t wait to hear the boy’s dreadful laugh along with the humming rain. The boy held his hand with half in appeal and half as if to keep the tremendous liquid from dripping. They went to the hospital. The doctor came as a lightning flashed overhead. “Chase him out sista!”, the boy pleaded to protect his precious hand. But the hand was gone; numb, he was only accompanied by the red liquid spilling. The doctor listened to his heart beat. Little-less-nothing! - And that was the end… then? The boy was hemmed in by the spectators. They, since they were not the one who dead, turned to their affairs.
At midnight, as they were forced to close their eyes, they still heard the sound; -someone chopping, moving around the shed. They trembled with fears- thinking that it must be the spirit of the dead boy wandered around to haunt them. Errr… sounds spooky, huh? Creeepppp…! The door of the kitchen suddenly opened by the wind. They stood still, freezed by the shocking sight in front of them. It’s the boy! He watched them with a pale white face and scary smile! One of the elder smashed the boy’s head quickly and he fainted!
Kringgg…!! the phone rang. They answered the call- “Hey, forgot to tell you. Your brother got another hand. He’s alive, buddy! We have just sent him home and he said he wanted to test his hand by chopping the wood first,” said the doctor, yeap. He got an axe hand! We succeed to test our experiment on him. Wow, what a miracle right?!” They- who started to believe, left the body as nothing happened and went to bed and hurm…the boy still laying right at the centre of the kitchen…unconsciously…and..errr…creepily!


Robert Frost put down his Pilot pen and switched off the TV. “Edward Scissorhand” had been his favourite, and he kept on watching the movie again and again on AXN. That’s his inspiration on his new story entitled “Edward the Axehand”. Now, is that make any sense??

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