What are some of the meanings the story "Communist" by Richard Ford generates in relation to the comment below?The intimacy between mother and son sets up the final paragraph in which the...
What are some of the meanings the story "Communist" by Richard Ford generates in relation to the comment below?
The intimacy between mother and son sets up the final paragraph in which the narrator tells us that he has not talked to his mother in many years.
The structure of the story can give you some hints about the meaning it tries to generate. If you read closely, you will notice that the text is a look back at a pivotal event. While the event itself can be read in different ways, the fact that the narrator centers the story around the geese hunt that occurred twenty-five years ago, is telling.
One way to read the story is around the theme of intimacy and human relations. Remember for instance that Les's father has died and thus indirectly deserted him. Glen leaves Aileen, and the geese leave the wounded goose behind to die alone, and finally as you have pointed out, Les and his mother Aileen lost contact ad haven't talked for years. The story repeatedly points to the fragility of human relationships. Animals do not fare any better in the story, since snow-geese are migratory birds that mate for life. Yet, the flock leaves one of their own. While I am always hesitant to firmly lock down a certain interpretation, you are right to say that the piece does generate meaning: Love, intimacy and the connections to others are an illusion and a fleeting phenomenon. You can also take a look at the author profile, which is quite good to help you decide what you see in the story.