What is the main theme of "The Fly" by Katherine Mansfield?

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The main theme of "The Fly" is death.

Perhaps the darkest of Katherine Mansfield's works, "The Fly" is an existential study of the effects of senseless death upon others and their loss of will. 

On the boss's desk sits a photograph of his son, a youth taken from his father by World War I. Because the boy was buried in Belgium, the family never experienced the realism of his death. And because the boss has never fully accepted the finality of his son's death, he is quite disturbed when his former employee, Mr. Woodifield, visits and tells his old boss about his daughters' trip to Belgium. While the...

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bhawanipur | Student

I think its desire to live for more. The fly fell on the ink pot and the boss pushed him again and again. The main theme is death is inevitable and man never accept this truth. Then there can be another theme of the story, "the Fly" is finding the strength to go on and to aspect of "never give up". In the story not only does the fly have to find the strength to keep on living after he has the incident with the ink, but also the Boss needs to find a cope with the death of his son, and he needs to find a way to keep on living, after the world just came crashing down around him.




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