Abner himself is also faced with a tough decision, keep being oppressed by the people controlling him and his family or doing something about it even if what he is doing wrong. In Reginald Dyck’s analytical essay on “Barn Burning”, he argues that Abner’s intentions behind his wrong doings are actually an act of social justice against the rich and the powerful oppressing him, his family, and others like him. He also goes on to argue that young Sarty decision to betray his father is due to the fact that he has not matured enough to understand that he only he is only doing what the people controlling him want him to do. In the story Abner commits many different crimes that make him seen like just your average criminal but Dyck believes that there is a deeper meaning behind his actions. Dyck goes on to argue in his essay “The Social Construction of Conscience” that Abner is committing these crimes as a social justice.
Grendel adapted because of the way he was treated by society which ultimately led to his destructive behavior. He wasn’t given a chance to conform to society because he was judged. His aggression was due to jealousy and loneliness. Grendel will always be seen as a monster because he comes from that culture. A world full of monsters, hate, violence, and evil.
Simon Jamison or The Running man, as Joseph labels him, is seen as a mad man, someone to be “avoided” and who is eyed “with suspicion” and “distaste”. Joseph’s early memories of the running Man colour the way he sees him even in the present, as someone dangerous and to be feared. As a child, Joseph was scared by the “aimless sprinting” of this man, who looked like he was “being chased by a demon”. Joseph eventually finds out about Simon Jamison’s tragic past, where his family was burned in a fire. He is not someone chasing anyone of this world, but runs as way of dealing with the pain of his memories.
Sarty wants to be loyal to his father but knows that the truth must be told. When Sarty is called to testify against his father for the crime of barn burning, he becomes filled with “frantic grief and despair.” His father expects Sarty to lie on his behalf, and Sarty knows that he will have to in order to please his father which is all Sarty wants to do. Later that night, knowing that Sarty was in conflict and was
The cause of this appears to be physical and emotional abuse from his father and lack of caring from his school. All the symbols pointing to a decaying, depressing environment. No sense of belonging shown. The pain and suffering endured by him from ‘the old bastard’ his father. This technique of cursing language is used to portray poor relationship he shared with his father “he gave me one backhander..i felt the blood” and his attitude towards the world he’s living in.
His father was very laid back and accomplished nothing in life and Okonkwo hated him for it. Okonkwo’s eldest son Nwoye is lazy and weak from an early age. Okonkwo’s fear of his father’s laziness rubbing off on his son Nwoye changes Okonkwo from hero to villain when he beats him to make himself more masculine. What he thinks is helping his family is actually causing pain. Okonkwo’s wives are often beaten for the simplest of things, sometimes even for not explaining to him where they have gone.
From what you have read in chapter 4, how would you describe Amir? Amir is a complicated character whom can be either loved or hated by the reader at the same time. The reader feels sorry for Amir because he is longing for attention from his father, whom is not interested in his son's qualifications, but hates him for his treatment towards his best friend Hassan, whom is a loyal and faithful friend with unwavering attitude for him. In this novel, Amir faces with different situations and difficult decisions which make him act different for each one. He always feels guilty because of his violent birth, in which his mother died.
Hally constructs an identity which, by many people, might perhaps be regarded as negative. He is full of shame for several reasons, and lacks self esteem. Hally is influenced by the negative image of his father, who seems to be an antagonist in the play, without realizing it. Though Hally’s father is only mentioned, and never appears on stage in person, he is a major part of the conflict Hally finds himself in. Hally lives in a society where “whites” are superior to “non-whites”.
He expresses great anger with his son. At first, he is in denial but then comes to the realization that this situation was sadly true. Willy in many parts of the play is angry with himself because he views himself as a failure. His life, as we see it, is filled with unfulfilled dreams and self-deceptions. He tends to live too much in his past and let his failures creep up on him and make a mess of him.
Okonkwo was scared of people thinking he was just like his father so he worked hard since he was a child. This made him hate everything his father was made of, which is weakness and being lazy. ”Even as a little boy he had resented his father’s failure and weakness”. (13). when Okonkwo father died he had been in a lot of debt, Okonkwo became obsessed with the idea of manliness in order to get over his father weakness.