write a short note on the theme of desperation in the story the singing lesson

write a short note on the theme of desperation in the story the singing lesson

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    The theme of desperation is quite prominent throughout the story. Miss Meadows undergoes emotional turmoil, despair and sadness when she receives the letter from her fiancé, telling her that the marriage would be a mistake. She is miserable on reading that and the misery is reflected through the music. “With despair- cold, sharp despair- buried deep in her heart like a knife.” When she goes to take a class, she asks the students to sing a lament, which is lamenting her inner grief and sorrow. She is desperate to get married as she no longer wants to live as a spinster. She believes it to be a miracle to get engaged to someone like Basil at thirty years and now when he wants to call off the wedding, she is upset and dejected. She tries to recall what went wrong but is unable to. She is desperate to get married to Basil and didn’t even care whether he loves her or not.

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