Mr. Bleaney Critical Analysis and Summary

Mr. Bleaney Critical Analysis and Summary:-


Mr. Bleaney is one of the best characters in Larkin’s poetry because he tells about modern man’s dilemma.  Mr. Bleaney is treated in an ironic way, it seems that it is just the story of a layman but inwardly it is a satire on modern man’s, man’s lifestyle, modern man’s low income, problems no progressive attitude of modern man, he has no literary interest. Mr. Bleaney Critical Analysis and Summary can be seen when the writre speaks about his life style, his loneliness, his inactivity etc. As far as Mr.Bleaney character is concerned it is very vivid and clear ,it deals with man ‘s loneliness  ,it is a very  common in Larkin’s poetry man’s detachment and man’s loneliness in his society.
Now, we will do Mr. Bleaney’s poem  in a critical analysis way as well as narrate its summary .If we analyse that then we find that Mr.Bleaney poem is dealt in ironically  as well as humorous ways . The poem starts with light way ,it seems that it is only story that is narrated by speaker,in fact, Larkin himself  but the having whole read of the poem it becomes clear that it is not just story of paying house guest rather  it is told about modern man’s  problems . It is Mr. Bleaney who is laborer  in some factory which prepares car’s  budies.

‘This was Mr Bleaney’s room. He stayed
The whole time he was at the Bodies, till
They moved him.’ Flowered curtains, thin and frayed,
Fall to within five inches of the sill,

The speaker suggests he takes on rent room by a woman who awares of him about Mr .Bleaney who was old  rent payer in this house actually ,we acknowledge that  about Mr.Bleaney character in this poem through the speaker as well as narrator .He describes the whole picture of his living style in this manners.

“That how we live measures our own nature,
And at his age having no more to show
Than one hired box should make him pretty sure
He warranted no better, I don’t know.”

That how we live measures our own nature, His lifestyle is not impressive not luxurious rather he is passing a simple life ,we may say that a life that is low , the average life. His room condition declares that he is  ordinary  person  whose income is very much low and he is leading a tough and miserable life, he is facing  economic pressure in this society.

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Flowered curtains, thin and frayed,
Fall to within five inches of the sill

This is a main cause of his economic pressure due to World War 1 and World War II and these two wars  was bring about his decline,unemployment, hunger ,  poverty  and these are the dark gifts of any war .In this era a common man was disturbed by very much by these wars . Mr. Bleaney’s  poem shows that modern man  is vacant by heart as well as roomy items ,he is alone in his room and the same time he is too lonely by his  heart because he has no any other person who can feel his feelings and emotions  that is why modern man keeps  his emotions in his heart and that is   main cause  of his loneliness and depression. We can be seen Mr. Bleaney’s  feelings  in this poem when we know that he has no blood relation ,no son ,no daughter ,no spouse,he  is seen in this poem alone and stranger ,if he has any relationship with someone that is not enough strong.He seldom visits to Stoke where his sister lives .

“He kept on plugging at the four aways —
Likewise their yearly frame: the Frinton folk
Who put him up for summer holidays,
And Christmas at his sister’s house in Stoke.”

As far as his character is concerned he is alienated, he is a stranger by society, it seems that  he has no role in this society. Society is running without him ,he is not part of the society and also seems that he is also not interested in society . His main concern is that only earn money for his living size .His thoughts are not very much Progressive, he is  careless ,non-progressive .He is slow minded. All these  above title  that have been given to Mr.Bleaney can be shown with help of his room condition.

“Whose window shows a strip of building land,
Tussocky, littered. ‘Mr Bleaney took
My bit of garden properly in hand.’
Bed, upright chair, sixty-watt bulb, no hook .”

His room condition is clear cut indication of above details .When we meet  him in his room that is very much dirty and shabby .He is not progressive can be seen ,his  curtains are old and not perfect for windows size, he uses ash tray  a grave tray , he has no hock behind of door . He uses 60 watt bulb without any holder ,all the things prove his non progressive attitude ,he does not want to bring any change in his life, he lives was as room was although the room demands  change enough but he still remains unchangeable .
Above discussion also represents his poverty in which he passes through yet .His poverty  does not allow  him any change in the room, it maybe he wants  to change all the things. If he has very much wealth in his possession but unfortunately he has nothing.

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“Stuffing my ears with cotton-wool, to drown
The jabbering set he egged her on to buy.
I know his habits — what time he came down,
His preference for sauce to gravy, why


Above lines prove to be that modern man does not care of others , noise pollution is a huge problem but people do not care about of it .On Mr. Bleaney behalf the lady owner purchases a “Jabbering Radio’ which makes a noise at its running time .But the lady owner does not give any concentration , it may be cause of noise pollution .Therefore, uses cotton wool into his ears.

“But if he stood and watched the frigid wind
Tousling the clouds, lay on the fusty bed
Telling himself that this was home, and grinned,
And shivered, without shaking off the dread”

His inactivity shows up in above lines but main thing is it is explained by ironical way .Irony is that whenever , Mr. Bleaney stands up before window he sees towards only on sky and realizes cool wind and beautiful could but never ever he looks at beneath the window , where there is heap of dirt . As we know that we have discussed above Mr. Bleaney is very much shabby .He is very much passive rather than active.

Some critics believe that there is no more Mr. Bleaney while it is Larkin himself who is the speaker of the poem .But the question is that if it is who is Mr. Bleaney then he is not dissimilar with Mr. Bleaney rather he is similar with him .It is very vivid prove when the speaker speaks up  “So it happens that I lie Where Mr Bleaney lay, and stub my fags On the same saucer-souvenir, and try“.and tells us that he will lay on same bed where Mr. Bleaney was lied whenever.And he will also use the same saucer -souvenir and try . So, the irony once again comes up in the form of situational irony because there is no more difference between Mr. Bleaney .the more he is dirty and shabby the more he is dirty shabby and inactive.There is only one difference comes to see in this poem which literary taste , Mr.Bleaney has no literary taste whereas Larkin has . “Behind the door, no room for books or bags —‘I’ll take it.”

“That how we live measures our own nature,
And at his age having no more to show
Than one hired box should make him pretty sure
He warranted no better, I don’t know.”

As we know that a man is recognized by his living standard Mr.Bleaney has no progressive attitude towards living style .It seems that he has no ambitions in his life .this can be measured his room condition.

His character is the delineated  very ironical way when we know that he is tasteless in literary manner because when Larkin takes rent room then he finds out there is no place for books .This is a main difference between Larkin and Mr. Bleaney. So at the end of the discussion it becomes clear that Mr.Bleaney”s poem Critical Analysis and its Summary gives help us to know about him very minutely.

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