The Bridges of Madison County Topics for Discussion
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The poem by William Butler Yeats that Francesca quotes in the novel — the line about the white moths on the wing — is titled "The Song of Wandering Aengus" and could serve as an extended metaphor for the book as a whole. It is about a wanderer who once hooked from a stream a silver trout that turned into a "glimmering girl," and now that he is old and finished with wandering he wants to find her again and spend his time until it is gone picking the silver and golden apples of the moon and sun. The themes of wandering, a chance discovery of the right "girl," wishing to spend time with her but not knowing how to, and the poem's lament for lost opportunities fairly well sum up the general themes and tone of the book. Browse all BookRags Study Guides.
Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson for four days in the s. The path of Francesca Johnson's Meryl Streep's future seems destined when an unexpected fork in the road causes her to question everything she had come to expect from life. While her husband and children are away at the Illinois State Fair in the summer of , Robert Kincaid Clint Eastwood happens to turn into the Johnson farm and asks Francesca for directions to Roseman Bridge. Francesca later learns that he was in Iowa on assignment from National Geographic Magazine. She is reluctant seeing that he's a complete stranger, and then she agrees to show him to the bridges and gradually she talks about her life from being a war-bride from Italy which sets the pace for this bittersweet and all-too-brief romance of her life.
How did the author learn of the story of Francesca and Robert? What impact did the story have on Robert Waller and why? Why did Robert Kincaid have difficulty relating to people on an intimate basis?