Comparative Essay “You are required to write a comparative essay. You should compare the experiences of the outsider in the books ‘The Curious Incident’ and ‘Of Mice and Men’” In the two books, ‘The Curious Incident’ by Mark Haddon and ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck the feature of an ‘outsider’ can be discovered. Both books are skillful novels, which deal with the theme of `outsiders', that is, individuals who do not fit into the mainstream of society. This feature is shown in many different ways in both of the books, mostly in the two protagonists of the texts. The 15 year old Christopher Boone of ‘The Curious Incident’ suffers under the Asperger syndrome and therefore has a different perspective on life than normal people.
Crooks has got his own bedroom which is in a “little shed that leaned off the wall of the barn”, this shows us that crooks has been mentally and also physically been separated from the white people. This reflects on how the black community had to live in the racial great depression period. We see that Crooks is a lonely character and the reasons for this are because he has been rejected in society by the white people because he is black. We can infer that crooks does not like to be alone and he would like to have someone to be with him because in a conversation between him and Lennie, crooks says “a guy needs somebody to be near him” which shows that he
Accepting Oneself In the short story “Red Dirt Don’t Wash” by Roger Mais, Mais uses characterization to lead the main character, Adrian, to accept himself and where he comes from. The character Miranda views herself as better than Adrian because of their different backgrounds. For some time Adrian is convinced of the same assumptions; however, he learns otherwise. The contrast in characters is reflected through the cleanliness and dirt depicted in the story, and resolves in Adrian accepting himself and his culture. Throughout the passage, Miranda’s condescending ways and Adrian’s view of Miranda make Adrian feel as if he were inferior to her.
1/22/09 People judge one another by their actions not their intentions. When people are at time of challenge or controversy their intentions may be the same, but their actions are not. When measuring a person one should not just take into consideration the actions of a man under stress. The other half that is needed to have the ultimate measure of a man his actions under peace. First if someone is in a altercation or challenged, their actions are diverse from when they are stress free.
He thusly, then has to learn for himself and when trying to show himself to man is banished by the aggressive nature. This presents him as innocent as he is unfairly labelled by man, just do to with his looks, giving him the idea that all mankind is like this. Despite these events, later on in the novel when he meets the De Lacey’s he is enlightened with a new prosperous hope into the kindness of mankind, not by mixing with them but learning and watching their actions towards each other, however due to his treatment he is to shy thus sticks to the dark and the shadows his only friends who do not judge. However throughout the early stages of the novel, and during this section, the creature can be seen as a monster and disgusting item from hell through his actions; however this can be related to several items, like the aggression of man and the monsters abandonment affecting his behaviour and how he learns. Firstly, when the creature is first created, and after Frankenstein in panic has fled to his room at the sight of the creature, we are presented with the idea of the creature being shy and weak needing help as when Frankenstein wakes up the creature is there at the foot of his bed.
Steinbeck also suggests that Crooks is extremely lonely, when he quotes, 'Crooks could leave his things about'. Therefore, Crooks had no worries that someone will enter his room and mess things about because never experienced another man entering his personal quarters which is highlighted by the scattered personal items on the floor. On another point, Crooks is mean to Lennie to make himself feel better but I guess the reader could forgive him for it because of his awful state and lonely life he leads. His possessions
Analysis of James Baldwin’s “Harlem” Cameron Wong James Baldwin knows the Harlem ghettos in New York City are grim and unforgiving. His familiarity with the neighborhood is showcased in his essay, “Harlem”. In it, Baldwin utilizes imagery, syntax, and detailed language to achieve his goal of evoking a little sympathy for his hometown and perhaps encouraging others to take action against the discreet injustice that takes place there. Baldwin strives to open the eyes of the rest of the world to how miserable life is for a Harlem resident. Baldwin’s essay begins with short, repetitious sentences stating the main idea of his paper: how Harlem and all its inhabitants are hated by white people.
Othello claims “Rude as I am in my speech and little blessed with the soft phrase of peace” which would suggest that he is conscious of his low social status and unease with words of diplomacy. Yet even though Othello is out of his depth, being an outsider in Venice and a soldier amongst politicians, he remains calm even in the face of vile accusations. His address to the men present, “most potent, grave and reverend signiors”, is highly respectful in order to calm the situation and portray his good character so that his defence is more convincing. Yet he mentions the “hair-breadth scapes” and “being taken by the insolent foe and sold to slavery” which he recounted to Brabantio and this would suggest a lack of modesty but is in fact another attempt to emphasize his sound character and achievements to the Duke; “with it all my travels’ history”. Othello’s presentation of himself as a man of good character with a history of honourable actions is crucial for his defence because he is surrounded by men who are so very different to him: they are politicians, he is a soldier; they are Venetians, he is
It is very clear he is an educated and lucid man from his writing, and at first, it is natural to feel sorry for him – he has no home, and nothing to call his own, except his dog, Lizbeth, who it is clear he loves very much. However, as his story progresses, it is quite clear he is not looking for pity. He is simply sharing the tips and tricks of his trade, as any other worker would do. He does not want the reader to feel sorry for him, he simply wants them to understand what it is he does, and why. He makes Dumpster diving seem somewhat exciting and mysterious, rather than sleazy and disgusting.
This is a great example of how he perceives himself. To him, he is not very influential and his role in this world is small because his breath and footprints will be gone in a few seconds. In this world he is "The Invisible Man" . Or until he sees Laurel again that is. Because when he does the mood changes from this rather dull, cold mood in the beginning into something where he pictures what could have happened, which makes him happy.