Summary Analysis Essay A Wall of Fire Rising

Analysis Essay



Wall of Fire Rising is a
short story written by Edwidge Danticat . This story was first published in
1995. The short is about a family of three, consisting of Guy, Little Guy, and
Lilli.  Lilli does not work and stays at
home in order to take care of her son , Guy works different jobs to take care
of his family, and their son Little Guy goes to school. Little Guy informs his
parents that he was given a line in a play from school. This good news made
Lilli forget that her husband Guy also had something to share with her. Little
Guy recites his lines of the play to his parents, over and over again, sometimes
annoying his father Guy. The family lives in a small, poor town known as
Shantytown. Individuals from the community gather by the sugar mill, where the current
news is shown. Lilli, Guy, and Little Guy do not associate with the individuals
from their community. In order to entertain themselves, they go as a family to the
Assad’s hot air balloon. The Assad’s are the wealthy owners of the sugar mill .
Guy is fascinated with the air balloon and constantly tries to reach his hand
through the  fence in order to touch it. Guy
finally tells Lilli that he got a job working at the Sugar Mill. Lilli began
questioning Guy because he did not seem as happy about the job. Guy admitted
that he did not like the position he was given. 
Guy’s mind is always filled with the possibility of flying the balloon
to somewhere where live would be better than where they are now. Guy questions
Lilli about her thoughts on how a man is judged after they are gone. Lilli
responds and Guy immediately remembers his father and began to compare himself
to his father, whom he did not want to be like. One morning Lilli found Little
Guy looking up to the sky.  Lilli looked
up into the sky to see Guy  inside of the
air balloon. Lilli and Little Guy made their way to the Sugar Mill to find a
crowd gathered to watch Guy fly the air balloon. People from the community
watched aas Guy jumped from the air balloon and landed close by the crowd. The
balloon kept floating away and Guy died as a result of jumping from the balloon
and bleeding out. . Lilli looks at her husband one last time, and doesn’t want
to close his eyes because Guy enjoyed looking at the sky.

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title of the short story ” A Wall of Fire Rising” is significant to the story.
The title comes from a line of the play that Little Guy is reciting for school.
Freedom plays a huge role in the background of the story. Guy and Lilli think
about freedom all of the time. Their son is too young to understand about
freedom. They are a poor family, who sometimes had to come up with other ways
to kill hunger when food wasn’t available. Guy’s definition of freedom is being
able to provide for his family, something that his father was unable to do. A
lack of a steady job made Guy feel worthless, and increased his fear of
becoming like his own father. Guy constantly questions Lilli about her thoughts
on how a man is judged after they are gone. This makes Lilli fear that Guy will
leave her and Little Guy in his quest for freedom. After Guy’s suicide, Lilli’s
fears became her reality. The hot air balloon symbolizes freedom in the story. Guy
often fantasizes about flying the balloon with the hopes that he will be able
to escape the life he lives now and hopes of a better future. Individuals
within the community along with Guy knows that they will never be able to
afford a hot air balloon. At the end of the story, Guy uses the balloon as his
way of committing suicide. This is because he thought that committing suicide
was the only way out and to the only way to achieve freedom.