This paranoia in which he has, emphasizes the immense guilt following him. “...my sweet tooth gleaming and the juice of guilt wetting my underarms.” Although Soto clearly knows the difference between right and wrong, he is so highly tempted by the sweet smelling pies that he very badly desires, causing him to break down in a nervous sweat. The sweating of the underarms alone is lucid indication of his extreme guilt. Soto recognized the shadows of angels distancing themselves from him, but in the end Gary Soto's temptation overcame his innocence with every bite of the sweet
At the conflict of the story, Sammy stands up for his beliefs when he quits his job. The major external conflict is between Sammy and Lengel. Sammy believes there is a need to protest against Lengel because he embarrassed the girls. Although he may have done it for the wrong reasons like recognition for his courageous act by the girls, he still carries out the bold act of “[folding] the apron, ‘Sammy’ stitched in red on the pocket, and [putting] it on the counter, and [dropping] the bow tie on top of it” (Updike 23). Lengel also symbolizes “the man” or the system.
SOTO REWRITE Gary Soto is apprehensive as he reflects on the sins of the guilty six-year-old he once was. Soto ironically portrays himself as being “holy in almost every bone” then contradicts his statement by informing “boredom made me sin”. Soto wants to be holy, he wants to be good as he’s been taught he knows right from wrong but sometimes he strayed from the good path of the lord. Soto describes a distant but well known memory of a past imperfection conceived in a German market as a young boy. Soto forgets “the flowery dust priests give off, the shadow of angels and the proximity of god” and commits the outrageous sin of stealing
He is unable to take the "responsibility" of caring for his holy father God, he is "tormented" and constantly "[aching]" of his shame. When he denies to pray for the soul of the dead baby, he feels guilty and goes back looking for the mother. He thinks he is inadequate to continue with his search, he finds the tomb of the baby and a cube of sugar laying above the tombstone. The priest is now left "abandon" and with "despair", he is now waiting for a "miracle" to save him. He is now being tentative because he does not know if he should eat the sugar cube, but his loathsome side ended up taking over, and he eats the sugar cube.
Not knowing that their friendship was forbidden, he gives Shmuel a piece of bread while Shmuel is cleaning the glasses. When Lieutenant Koler finds out that Shmuel had eaten a piece of bread, he beats him. Because Bruno hadn’t known that the two boys were not supposed to be friends, he had gotten Shmuel beaten. Had his parents told him the truth from the beginning that he wasn’t supposed to be anywhere near Jewish people, he would not have had to see his friend hurt. The main message Ogden sends in “Hangman” is that silence is dangerous.
After the death of Allie, he dealt with the event by breaking all the windows in the garage “just for the hell of it”. The onset of depression may help explain the display of over sensitivity that he shows at times. He views himself as the “catcher in the rye”, saving children and their innocence from entering the adult world that is full of “phonies”. He doesn’t want “to have any goddamn stupid useless conversations with anyone”, which not only supports that he is a “phony” himself, as he strikes up conversations with various people he meets, but also alienates himself from society. Holden’s loneliness and alienation causes him much pain as he seeks for human contact and love.
When the Queenie takes out the money “out of the hollow at the center of her nibbled pink top” (Updike, P136) Sammy thinks it is cute but actually, it is a kind of rude to not wear like that in the store. Sammy was on the right track even he does not like it. He did not suppose to do anything when his boss blames the girls. But he falls into a desire---being a hero in front of them. This desire leads him to make a hasty decision without careful considerations---to quit his job.
Confirmation Saint Project: Saint Nicholas The Saint I chose for my Confirmation Saint Project was Saint Nicholas. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of children and students. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him. There one legend tells how during a famine a evil butcher lured three children into his house where he killed and placed their remains in a barrel to cure because he was planning to sell them off as ham. When Saint Nicholas visited the area to care for the hungry he not only saw through the butcher’s horrific crime but he also resurrected the three boys from the barrel by his prayers.
“It’s…remember the good times…now I know that the things my brother was doing were bad….The church taught me that was wrong….showed me how gangbanging ain’t nothing but the devil’s mess” (54). She realizes that being part of the gang is not the life she wants and learns right from wrong. She learned now from Church that what the gang does is evil. “It made me throw-up sick again thinking how I took that mama’s purse while her Niña was crying, and I felt killer mad too…”(89). Cecilia regrets doing some of the tasks that she was made to do; once these tasks, in actuality crimes, have been committed, she
At the end of the night the narrator, yells at the kid, but not in a mean or mad tone, a motivating tone to encourage the kid, to feel that he is special. In the end, the narrator drives the kid home, but also gives him the fortunes from the cookies. He does not deliver the wallet to the father, but throws it out in the cabbage. In the first part of the text, the narrator has a flashback where he goes back to the time, where he was a kid. When he was a kid, his father showed him, how to steal, and the father used him to steal for him.