Due to his exterior and his ancestor, he is not allowed to partake in any festivities, claiming that “it harrowed him to hear the din of the loud banquet every day in the hall” (Heaney, 9) which drives him mad with jealousy. People around him are together and having a good time with feasts and minstrels. However, he is banished and hates that he is not allowed to interact in anything. Grendel’s mass murders are the first example of revenge in the novel Beowulf. Every night once the Danes went to sleep after their parties, “he [Grendel] came upon them” (Heaney, 11) and “created havoc: greedy and grim, he grabbed thirty men from their resting places and rushed to his lair.” (Heaney, 11).
In both stories, the two narrator experience guilt for their previous actions. The narrator from “The Black Cat” is so enveloped in his guilt after hanging his beloved cat, Pluto off a tree. Upon finding a second cat sharing the same likeness as, Pluto except, for a white patch on its fur. The narrator recounts that, “It was
Professor Baker 7 Feb. 2013 Comp II Critique of “The Catbird Seat” In the “The Catbird Seat” by David J. Birnbaum the story portray a bitter, but yet sarcastic tone that shows the author's point of view of everyone's sympathetic and pity towards him. In reality, he seems tough on the outside, and accepts the benefits that are given to him, but he has that hesitation of acceptance when people are giving him the benefits. Of course, he accepts everything, because who doesn't appreciate benefits that are given to them. When he got in the accident before his eighteenth birthday; he didn't know that he would be getting special privileges from other people until his first incident at the hospital. At that point, he started to take advantages of everything that is beneficial to him.
The maid with the cat in her hand told the master that she had repeatedly throwing the cat which was sneaking into the kitchen again and again. The master twisted his moustache and told the maid to let the cat in. The cat found that its master was a school teacher, who would shut himself up in his study after coming from school. His family members believed him to be studious as he was acting like one. One day when the cat sneaked up into his study, it found him taking a nap, and sometimes driveling on the book he had been reading before dozing off.
The next night, when most of the men head to the local whorehouse. Lennie is left with Crooks, the Negro stable buck, and Candy. Curley's wife came to the barn saying that she was looking for Curley, but she actually came to talk to the men and find some company and refuse to leave until the other men come home. She notices the cuts on Lennie's face and suspects that he, and not a chunk of machinery like Curley told her, is responsible for hurting her husband. The successive day, Lennie accidentally kills his puppy in the barn, and Curley's wife came to see Lennie because she knew she could get company from Lennie while the others were outside.
His feelings about his surroundings were always made apparent and I enjoyed reading about his times in the boarding house. One day Sophie and Nathan have a horrible fight and Stingo is there to witness it. The next day, surprisingly, they invite him to join them at Coney Island. Stingo finds it odd that this man who was once literally a monster to his girlfriend could transform so quickly from an abuser to a gentleman, but he disliked Nathan’s views of Southerners because Stingo himself was from the South. He actually compared the lynching of a man named Bobby Weed to the acts performed by the Nazi’s.
These events like in “Kaffir Boy” where the narrator’s is randomly raided by police at any given time. The narrator has no choice or idea when the raids will happen. Another example of an event caused by chance is from “Of Mice and Men” Lennie was petting Curley’s wife a little too hard and he eventually kills her on accident. This by accident as he was just trying to stop her from screaming and gripped her too hard. These examples did not let the person who was affected by it to have a choice, They simply happened.
Most characters in the novel are timid and lonely and ‘chicken out’ of doing something and then go and do something drastic and then have to fight to prove they are men. The inspiration for this book came from a poem by Robert Burns – ‘To a Mouse’ which begins with the line “The best-laid plans of mice and men’. This poet shows how the plans of men are no more secure than those of the mouse and this is the point of the book title. In the novel Crook is the only black man. Crook works on a farm, he is quite intelligent and he can read.
He even compares his collie and cat to Hugh’s 2 horses and pet monkeys. Throughout the story he compares how they do the same activities, but the way the activities play out are way different. Their lives were different in so many ways, yet in a way eerily similar. Hugh has went through things no kids should have to, from witnessing a dead man hanging from a light pole after a trip to the theatre or a pig assassinated on a class field trip. These are things that most adults couldn’t handle let alone a young pre-teenager.
The reader is first exposed to the narrator’s fall into madness when the narrator returns home during one of his debauches, and felt that his cat, Pluto, was avoiding him. The narrator violently seizes the animal, and frightened, the cat bites him. Incensed, he grasps Pluto by the throat and, with a penknife, cuts out its eye. The next morning, he writes, he was horrified at what he had done. But soon thereafter his