Analysis Of The Rattler

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Michel Mouckomey Period 1 The Rattler Essay “The Rattler” describes the encounter of a man and a rattle snake in a desolate desert shortly after sunset. The two main characters that are the only characters in this situation, each must decide how to approach one another. Although the man would be considered in the snake’s boundaries, he chooses to take the snake’s life for the sake of people at the ranch. The reader soon distinguishes the good intentions of the man as breaking boundaries or survival of the fittest. Through descriptions of the chivalrous snake, the conflicted man and the twilit setting, the author creates sympathy for the rattler and feelings of anger, pity, and disappointment for the man. When the author describes the…show more content…
While reading, feelings of anger towards the man’s actions are developed. When the man tried to kill the snake, he “reached into the paper-bag bush with [his] hoe, hacking about, soon [dragging the snake] out of it with his back broken.” Although the reader may condole with the man’s decisions since it was for a reasonable cause, he should not have killed the snake since he was clearly inexperienced (expressed by the word “hacking”). The man could have just as easily shoed the snake away with the hoe rather than using it so ineptly. The man could have found an alternative way to rid the area of the snake and when he doesn’t, the reader is disappointed because he thinks there’s no other possible action that can be made. The man states that “[his] duty was to kill the snake.” When the man uses the word “duty” it gives a sense that there are no other options and that it’s imperative that he does it. The reader knows the man is unskilled at killing animals since his actions are described as hacking and messy, so his attempts look horrific as the reader reads in disappointment. The reader can still condole with the man and pity him for making the decisions that he does. Also, the man reflects “that there were children, dogs, horses at the ranch,…show more content…
This is because whatever either character decides to do, the reader will know that it is not best decision due to the doubtful certainty. The reader may sympathize for the snake since it is his territories that the man chooses to tread on, and take his life on. The time of day is very obscure and can lead to unclear decisions. It was “after sunset…light was thinning.” This moment of twilight results in someone making a decision may be questioned if it were during a time of day which leads the reader to question the man’s actions. Also, this is the snake’s territory which the man chooses to tread on. He “walked out into the desert… [thinking he] was the only thing abroad.” This setting, the desert, can be considered the snake’s territory seeing as to how humans aren’t found there as often as animals such as the snake are found there. When the man chooses to prance into it, thinking that he’ll be the only one around even though most animals come out at night, makes the man seem foolish and a bit arrogant to the reader. This setting isn’t just the snake’s territory, but it is also a peaceful environment that becomes subject to a violent act. There were “savory odors sweet on the cooler air” but then there was “this little song of death. It was not ugly, though it was ominous.” Through imagery, the author

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