© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Red Wheelbarrow

The Red Wheelbarrow


by William Carlos Williams

The Red Wheelbarrow Theme of Duty

"So much" depends upon this particular red wheelbarrow. While we're not quite sure what exactly this "so much" is, we know it is more than a couple of rocks or a pile of dirt. "The Red Wheelbarrow" reminds us of the fact that a wheelbarrow was designed to be a tool thousands of years ago, and it remains a tool in the modern day. Its job is to help people build things, carry things, and create things. The wheelbarrow is a very dutiful object.

Questions About Duty

  1. What can wheelbarrows do? What do people use them for?
  2. Have wheelbarrows evolved over the years?
  3. What's so special about this particular wheelbarrow?
  4. Do the chickens have duties?
  5. Does the rain have a duty?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

The wheelbarrow is vitally important and has many duties.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...