Oliver Goldsmith She Stoops to Conquer:
Plot[ edit ] When he is caught by the police for robbing a bakery, Smith is sentenced to be confined in Ruxton Towers in Essexa borstal prison school for delinquent youths.
Taken there in handcuffs and detained in bleak and highly restrictive circumstances, he seeks solace in long-distance running, attracting the notice of the school's authorities for his physical prowess.
Smith is offered a light workload for his last six months at Ruxton Towers if he wins in an important cross-country competition against a prestigious public school. For Ruxton Towers to win the cross-country race would be a major public relations boost for the borstal administrators.
However, when the day of the race arrives Smith throws victory away: He lets the other runners pass him and cross the finishing line, thereby losing the race in a defiant gesture aimed against his Ruxton Towers administrators.
In deliberately losing the race, Smith demonstrates his free spirit and independence. The response of the borstal authorities to Smith's action is heavy-handed: Smith resigns himself to the drudgery of manual labour he is returned to.
However, looking back on his actions, he has no regrets.
Literary analysis[ edit ] The "runner" as a metaphor[ edit ] Long-distance running gives the character an ability to freely escape from society without the pressures of a team, which may be found in other athletic stories.
Sillitoe's character Smith uses running as a way to mentally reflect, allowing Smith to give clarity to his political insights and share them with the reader. This term was associated with writers who created main characters that were "belligerent and opinionated", such as Smith."The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner" is a short story by Alan Sillitoe, published in as part of a short story collection of the same name.
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