The Sojourner

The Sojourner explores the life of a man who has a failed past life and is making frantic efforts to revive himself. Ferris has travelled and lived in cities between Europe and America. However, his moral deviance of alcoholism, jealousy, and money quarrels ruined his first marriage with Elizabeth. The journey to emotional redemption is fairly difficult to Ferri and his series of self-denial, lies and fantasies informs the resolution of the story. It is worth to note that this work portrays a closed resolution. Critical review of the main character, Ferri, his relationship and interaction with others and the development of the plot reveal a finished work.
Three aspects of the narrative help in ascertaining the closed nature of its resolution. The plot, characters, time frame and purpose collectively present this narrative as close ended. A closed resolution require that the conflicts and mysterious in the story are revealed, the protagonist deliver emotional response to each of them. In this case, Ferri is the main protagonist who has overwhelming social problems. His father just passed away, while waiting to take a flight back to Paris, he meets the ex-wife Elizabeth and joins her for Dinner. He also constantly lies about Jeannine. The plot of the narrative leaves no gaps in as far as the actions, intentions and fantasies of Ferri are fulfilled. This story provides hints and bits of a resolution that are intertwined throughout its plot, and effectively attempt to show a clear sign of closure. In that respect, the plot of this narrative concentrates around Ferri’s predicaments, give a clear chronology of events and the final conflict resolution.
In the context of timeframe, the narrative has its climax when Ferri enjoys recollection of their past moments with Elizabeth as she played the Piano. While taking dinner and the music left unfinished halfway, there seems to be an internal inspiration to Ferri, and the reader is left to make judgment as to why he has to continue lying about his relationship with Jeannine. All the time Ferri spends with Bailey family, he silently regrets his failed marriage with Elizabeth and offers a solution that can reconcile his feelings in the form of Jeannine. Even at the last sentence of the story, Ferri does show his definite reaction towards Jeannine absence. There is clear sequence in the story, it’s more of a journey as its title suggests with a clearly defined destination.
A character can determine the resolution of a narrative but not determine the ending. In this case, Ferri has completed his American visit and travelled back to Paris, and his reaction towards Valentine hints towards a wounded heart that is reflected in his imagined marriage plans with Jeannine. Ferri is trapped in a world of resentment and makes random decisions coupled with factual misrepresentation and the story point out that he eventually achieved emotional comfort from Valentine.
The purpose of the story emphasize establishment of a resolution to Ferri’s Psychological pressure. Though the story explores the journey, it focusses on the destination. In this story, there is physical destination of Ferri, which Paris, and emotional destination that involves reconciling the fantasies of the past and realities of present. The structure of the narrative is built around Ferri who is portrayed as seeking emotional sojourn from Elizabeth and Jeannine. Ferri is in perpetual turmoil but the story has a definite and resolute ending.

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