Authors to come back and fulfill his responsibilities, even

use many different types of writing structures to portray different themes in
their writing. In this case, Robert Frost used dialogue between a wife and husband
in the poem Death of the Hired Man.
Using dialogue Frost was able to demonstrate that everybody should be willing
to forgive before it is too late. As the wife, Mary and the husband, Warren discuss
whether they should provide a home for Silas, their previous farmhand that worked
for them when it was at his convenience and left when times got difficult. Mary
had previously talked to Silas and noticed he was very ill and had come home to
die; however, Warren had not seen Silas’ conditions and believed in justice, as
Silas wasn’t there whenever he needed him most, he shouldn’t have to be there
when Silas needs him most. He wonders “What good is he? Who else will
harbor him at his age for the little he can do?” He sees Silas as a
weight he does not wish to carry. Mary tries talking Warren into allowing Silas
to stay home which she describes as “Something you somehow haven’t to deserve.”
Warren, on the other hand, believes “Home is the place where, when you have to
go there, they have to take you in.” Warren defines home as the place where you
belong whether the people there are accepting or not. The main difference between
the two different views of home is that one is where one feels appreciated. Silas
had come home to his family. Silas had no family of his own, he was not married
or had any kids, so Warren and Mary were the closest to family he had. Warren
seemed to believe Silas had a brother who he could live with “Why didn’t he go
there? His brother’s rich” but Mary claimed “He never told us that.”
Silas wanted to spend his last few days working for the people he knew best,
Warren and Mary. At one point in Silas’ life he lost responsibility as he broke
the contract with Warren and decided to move. However, he had decided to come
back and fulfill his responsibilities, even on his last few days. Silas wanted
to complete the duty that had belong to him. Silas had “nothing to look
backward with to with pride.” At this point in his life, it almost seemed as he
wanted to pride himself with something. He wanted to pride himself in having
the responsibility to fulfill a duty and commitment. As he knew he was living his
last few days he wanted to complete his life with a sense of pride. He wanted
to change things, for once. He wanted to be responsible and dependable.

          As Mary was compassionate with Silas and
Warren believed he was being fair, Silas was living his last few moments alone,
without a family, and not completing his goals he had set upon returning home.
Warren had been stubborn while holding an argument with Mary rather than portraying
acceptance. Warren would not accept that Silas had returned to work for him and
the he was willing to give it his best.  Warren would not let go of the past, when
Silas left whenever he was most needed. Silas died alone and without what he was
seeking. Had Warren been more accepting earlier, endings may have had ended
differently. As Frost’s theme claims, everybody should be willing to forgive
before it is too late. 

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