These are a few of my favorite things: #16 (Mrs. Frola & Mr. Ponza, Her Son-In-Law by Luigi Pirandello)

Mrs. Frola & Mr. Ponza, her Son-in-Law, by Luigi Pirandello is one of the most engrossing & entertaining stories I’ve come across recently.

Read the story here (In a very reader friendly, short Presentation Format, & if you are really interested in reading the original story just do a google search for Mrs. Frola & Mr. Ponza & follow the link to google books, obviously the second option is better, literature is best enjoyed in it’s original form)

So who is right? Mrs. Frola or Mr. Ponza? The story is left open ended & hence it gives the reader much food for thought & reflection, which is the main function of literature, I suppose.

Both Mrs. Frola & Mr. Ponza can’t be right, or perhaps they are in their own way!! Later this story was adopted into Pirandello’s play ‘Right You Are! (If You Think So)’…the title of the play is very meaningful.  Perhaps all of us live in our private worlds which we create by our own perspectives, thoughts, imaginations & paradigms. If Mrs. Frola imagines her daughter to be alive then that is her reality.

“Maybe each human being lives in a unique world, a private world different from those inhabited and experienced by all other humans. . . If reality differs from person to person, can we speak of reality singular, or shouldn’t we really be talking about plural realities? And if there are plural realities, are some more true (more real) than others? What about the world of a schizophrenic? Maybe it’s as real as our world. Maybe we cannot say that we are in touch with reality and he is not, but should instead say, His reality is so different from ours that he can’t explain his to us, and we can’t explain ours to him. The problem, then, is that if subjective worlds are experienced too differently, there occurs a breakdown in communication … and there is the real illness.” ~Philip K. Dick

& Perhaps that is why even if we leave aside this fantastic tale, communication becomes so difficult. We may keep belaboring our point of view but people will hear only what they want. each one keeps living in his/her own world.


February 11, 2013. Tags: , , , , . Reading, Reflections/Musings.

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