16 May Basically, the story argues that our circumstances will shape our personalities, decisions, and resolve. “The Lotus Eater” tells the story of a London bank. The Lotus Eater has ratings and 19 reviews. Gino said: I think you have all read the wrong book, it has nothing to do with Vietnam!It is set in Like many of Maugham’s other short stories, “The Lotus Eater” is a study of an It is noteworthy that Somerset Maugham took a big interest in money matters.

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Many of his short stories focus on a single unique character whom he presumably met in his travels.

Explain the character of Thomas Wilsom in Somerset Maugham’s “The Lotus Eater.”

When Odysseus and his men landed on the island of the lotus-eaters, they began doing as the natives did, eating the lotus flowers. It is as though the narrator in some way respects the course of action that Wilson has taken.

Thomas Wilson wants to live a happy life and goes through the trouble of preparing himself financially until he is sixty years old. Perhaps he died of the beauty of that sight. Oct 16, Princess rated it it was amazing.

He had to pay for his twenty-five years of pleasure with six years of misery living in a woodshed before he finally died. Rather his life progressively gets worse and he is reliant on others for assistance.

He had lost a whole year out of his life.

It is easy to say that Wilson had no future vision and he preferred a life of oblivious settle at Capri and argued that such a long years of 25 were enough to enjoy a life. Thomas Wilson obviously intends to kill himself when his annuity runs out. The only light in the garden was what came from an oil lamp that hung over our heads.

Something which many people might envy.

I would like to know the plot of the short story entitled “The Lotus Eater.”

My friend then introduced me. Before the age of When you do, it is worth while having a good look at him. He seemed to have no longer a will of his own. A number of things happened to me, so that the course of my life was greatly altered, and it was thirteen years before I maughham to Capri again. The friend introduces the narrator to Thomas Wilson, who had come to the island for a holiday sixteen years earlier.

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They gave him food and he looks after their goats and chickens.

What’s the Name o Dec 07, Sarah rated it liked it. The narrator judges that the majority of people in life are happy to simply work through the day. He did not play very well. Cite Post McManus, Dermot. The island, the people, the scenery, and nature captivated him. That would make him forty-nine. His poetry reveals more careful craftsmanship, a more conscious intellectuality. It made him forget his parents and everything else in the world.

He had read a great deal on all sorts of subjects, but his speciality was the history of Rome and on this he was very well informed. I also connected with the human need to cling to someone or some place or something during a time of suffering, trauma and terror. Tony Ludlow rated it liked it Jan 04, I asked him if he would have another strega.

We climbed the mountain, admired the spacious view, and got back to the inn as night was falling, hot, hungry, and thirsty.

The Lotus Eater by W. Somerset Maugham

You know how these peasants eat: Retrieved from ” https: He seemed to have little imagination and to be of no more than average intelligence. Something which intrigues the narrator as he cannot imagine someone taking such a risk. It was his own life that he had arranged in this strange manner, and I did not see why he should not do what he liked with it. My visit drew to a close and I left the island.

Begin typing the name of a book or author: Assunta comes down to have a chat somersey me now and then and I give her a bit of money so that she can buy him tobacco, but God knows if he ever gets it.


The narrator speculates that Wilson might indeed have had the kind of resolve needed to carry out his decision to end his own life, if necessary, at the time he first enacted his bold plan to leave his workaday life in London for the full-time leisure that, Wilson had argued, is all anyone is working for anyway. The Lotus Eater 3. Wilson has been on the island for fifteen years and his plan is to stay for another twenty-five.

Enchanted by the island during his visit, he had made the decision during the intervening year to forgo working another twelve or thirteen years for his pension and instead to take his accumulated savings and purchase at once an annuity that would allow him to live simply on Capri for twenty-five years.

He was on summer holidays and it was his first time visiting Italy. That’s if they’re lucky. You might almost be living in historical times simerset.

Short Story Analysis: The Lotus Eater by W. Somerset Maugham – The Sitting Bee

Articles lacking sources from June All articles lacking sources. From what I saw of him then and from what I heard from either people I made for myself what I think must have been a fairly accurate picture of the life he had led for the last Fifteen years. Mikarla Teague rated it really liked it Jul 01, Then I wandered about the island. It was charming and unreal. There was only one thing that bothered me: I said to myself, is it worth it?

Next morning when Assunta came to make his breakfast she found him insensible but still alive.