Aloha Oe By Jack London Essay

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Alohe Oe is a short story written by American author Jack London, born John Griffith Chaney, (January 12, 1876–November 22, 1916) in San Francisco, California. This story was first published in a magazine called The Lady’s Realm in 1908.
Set in the lush backdrop of Hawaii, we find ourselves at the end of a story rather than the beginning.
The mournful song of Aloha Oe swells as we pan the transport, its decks, and the gangway and wharf looking for whom this song is meant. It turns out not to be for the many natives described or sailors gathered, but for the junket of US Senators, wives and daughters now departing the island for home. It is impressed upon us that it is for them alone that ...view middle of the document...

She admits to having taken possession of him and ruling over him. She blooms under the influence of the native’s attention.
As they say goodbye, Steve’s looks create confusion within her. He says nothing but she feels the discomfort of his too intense gaze. With the touch of his hand upon hers, and the compelling look in his eyes, a revelation occurs. His actions and attitudes seem suddenly much more than just a playmate, and there seems to be a deeper meaning to everything as she now recalls it. She wonders why he has never revealed his desire to her. In thinking back, Dorothy finds the answers in her recollection of a story about a woman who has lost her social standing due to her marriage to a “half-caste”. Now she must confront what she fears to be true, that Steve is also not acceptable as a match for her. She tests her father to find out if he agrees with the society women. She gets her answer in his reply that it was out of the question for Stephen to visit their home as he was “Hapa-haole”, and says “and you know what that means”. She does know what that means, although she believes that he is too good looking to be one. She is confused by the double standard of the Honorable A.S. Cleghorn’s marriage to a “dusky princess” which does not cost him the respect of society.
As her last gesture of love, Dorothy struggles to throw Stephen her flower wreath which is tangled in the pearls around her neck. She deliberately breaks the string and as the pearls fall, her flowers are caught. She is pained by the lie that is the last words...

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