Death of the Hired Man Questions and Answers

Death of the Hired Man

Warren believes that "Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in." In contrast, Mary calls home "Something you somehow haven't to deserve." Warren looks at...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2011, 12:54 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Death of the Hired Man

The central theme of the poem is really a question. Which is more important, justice or mercy? The poem is a dialogue between a couple who own a farm and have periodically hired an undependable...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2009, 3:07 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Death of the Hired Man

Frost's poem contains one of the most quoted lines in all of poetry; "Home is the place where, when you go there, they have to take you in" (lines 118-119). The idea is that...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2008, 8:21 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Death of the Hired Man

In Robert Frost's narrative poem "The Death of the Hired Man," Mary tells someone—whom the reader presumes is her farmer husband, Warren—that Silas has returned to the farm hoping to work for them....

Latest answer posted February 8, 2019, 4:32 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

Death of the Hired Man

The poem states the mood in the first line: "Mary sat musing..." The poem is not an intense examination of anything, but rather a gentle recollection of a gentle man who has come back to the only...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2009, 6:47 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

Death of the Hired Man

Harold Wilson is a character mentioned in Robert Frost’s poem “The Death of the Hired Man.” Wilson functions as a kind of foil to another character in the poem – the elderly hired man, Silas,...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2011, 2:52 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Death of the Hired Man

One important theme of Robert Frost’s poem “Death of the Hired Man” – the theme of mutability, or change – is suggested by the very title of the work. The word “Death,” of course, suggests the...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2011, 2:23 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Death of the Hired Man

In "The Death of the Hired Man" Silas the former hired hand has come "home" to die. In answer to your question, it isn't so much that Warren doesn't need a hired man; it's more that he doesn't...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2010, 9:21 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Death of the Hired Man

Frost's poem "The Death of the Hired Man" brings up many different perspectives through the lives of the characters therein. There's the farmer and his wife, the old man and the young man. Life in...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2012, 6:03 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

Death of the Hired Man

A protagonist is a main character in a story. In "Death of the Hired Man," there are three protagonists. The first two are Warren and Mary, who husband and wife and also farmers. During the course...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2019, 11:21 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Death of the Hired Man

Though there are some reasons to think the poem might take place in winter (Warren says "In winter he comes back to us," pointing to Silas's penchant for missing the important harvest season and...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2017, 4:35 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

Death of the Hired Man

In Robert Frost's poem The Death Of The Hired Hand, Silas' great accomplishment is making hay bales. He gathers the dried grass together, 'bundles every forkful in its place,' and then 'tags and...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2015, 4:00 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Death of the Hired Man

It is definitely like reading a short story, and I felt that way until I got to the second page where the one of the longer stanzas is found. As I read in my mind I could feel something very...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2012, 3:04 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

Death of the Hired Man

The various symbols used by Frost in "Death of the Hired Man" represent death, which is a brooding presence throughout the poem. As well as the information given to us by the title, we sense from...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2021, 12:40 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Death of the Hired Man

The eNotes site does not permit educators to write papers or do homework assignments for students; that said, what we can offer are suggestions about where to find the information you need and how...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2020, 2:30 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Death of the Hired Man

Like most of Robert Frost's poetry, "The Death of a Hired Man" takes place in a rural area. Silas, an old man, has come "home" to a former employer's farm where he hopes to find work, clearing...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2011, 10:52 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer