Analysis of the Character Lucinda from the Story Running out of Music

The writer portrayed this character, quite well to represent the unrest of the children from the prevailing norms of the society and in the process they often come across the new norms of their own, so as a matter of mentioning children are likely to follow their own judgments until they get old and crude enough to follow the culture of the society and feel fear in speaking, their mind. Lucinda in this story followed her passion for the songs scattered across the wide range of genres, and broke some rules along the way, while elders in this story are attempting to uphold the obsolete image of discipline and harmony, through suppression of each others’ feelings and emotions (Constance).
Another facet of the personality of the character under concern, is the respect of laws and regulations, in the light of, that she decided not to go inside the residential area of military personnel, that points out the high morality within her personality, but this decision was soon overruled by her elder, that highlights the flaw in his character as well, thus the writer is trying to mention one of many ways, in which the seniors destroy the sense of right and wrong in their juniors, by just breaking the laws and thus covertly encouraging them to do so as well (Constance).
Another aspect of the personality of this particular character is the ever increasing respect for the humanity that is highlighted, when she got embarrassed, while going inside the area that is basically forbidden for her, in the process she apologized to the soldier as well. The soldier that was supposed to duplicate the music for her, somehow suppressed her choice and forced his own on her and just got over with the undesirable encounter with his commanding officer’s daughter, but when Lucinda heard the records, she was not amused, by them, therefore she took a bold decision to go to the camp and ask that soldier to provide some more material and this time she fabricated a list of what she would desire, but she did not cater for the ramifications of her action, and went through with her plan, but soon she realized, her mistake, when the people present in that facility laughed at her and accused their colleague of pursuing romantic relations with her, in this part the writer creatively made the audience well aware of the place women had in the minds of the men of that time. The purpose of this encounter in the tale is to make the readers evaluate, their own behavior when confronted with the opposite sex (Constance). However, the main theme of this character is the striving need to give her own personal meaning to the world surrounding her, therefore she could not be contented with the standard of music, that was given to her in the first place, and the annoying behavior of elders towards the spiritual needs of their young is also conveyed successfully with all the realism intact. The need and energy in this character to get recognized and the passion to fulfill her needs are admirable, because this kind of behavior for little girl in those days was hard to imagine, the exquisite details of that era are communicated excellently, especially the subliminal hatred for humans with colored skin is the cream of this narrative. The message this writer communicated to her audience, is the lack of originality in the attitude of everybody surrounding the character under the microscope currently, everybody else was attempting to make their superiors happy, at an expense of the innocent wish of a child, stemming for her passion for music, this attitude could also be found in the society of this period, when parents neglect their child’