Authorsuse many different types of writing structures to portray different themes intheir writing. In this case, Robert Frost used dialogue between a wife and husbandin the poem Death of the Hired Man.Using dialogue Frost was able to demonstrate that everybody should be willingto forgive before it is too late. As the wife, Mary and the husband, Warren discusswhether they should provide a home for Silas, their previous farmhand that workedfor them when it was at his convenience and left when times got difficult. Maryhad previously talked to Silas and noticed he was very ill and had come home todie; however, Warren had not seen Silas’ conditions and believed in justice, asSilas wasn’t there whenever he needed him most, he shouldn’t have to be therewhen Silas needs him most. He wonders “What good is he? Who else willharbor him at his age for the little he can do?” He sees Silas as aweight he does not wish to carry. Mary tries talking Warren into allowing Silasto 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 togo there, they have to take you in.” Warren defines home as the place where youbelong whether the people there are accepting or not. The main difference betweenthe two different views of home is that one is where one feels appreciated. Silashad come home to his family. Silas had no family of his own, he was not marriedor had any kids, so Warren and Mary were the closest to family he had. Warrenseemed to believe Silas had a brother who he could live with “Why didn’t he gothere? 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 brokethe contract with Warren and decided to move. However, he had decided to comeback and fulfill his responsibilities, even on his last few days. Silas wantedto complete the duty that had belong to him. Silas had “nothing to lookbackward with to with pride.” At this point in his life, it almost seemed as hewanted to pride himself with something. He wanted to pride himself in havingthe responsibility to fulfill a duty and commitment. As he knew he was living hislast few days he wanted to complete his life with a sense of pride.
He wantedto change things, for once. He wanted to be responsible and dependable. As Mary was compassionate with Silas andWarren 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 portrayingacceptance. Warren would not accept that Silas had returned to work for him andthe he was willing to give it his best. Warren would not let go of the past, whenSilas left whenever he was most needed. Silas died alone and without what he wasseeking.
Had Warren been more accepting earlier, endings may have had endeddifferently. As Frost’s theme claims, everybody should be willing to forgivebefore it is too late.