This point in the story signifies the transition from an external journey to an internal struggle of the protagonist. The man’s conscience now appears as the benevolent guide causing him to dwell on his initial decision to do nothing; now he has accepted the quest: to determine what the correct actions were in that situation. The struggle now begins; there are so many scenarios and unanswered questions that can never be answered because of one decision. “What could have possibly overwhelmed him to such an extent that he was unable to keep from crying out,” people do not burst out sobbing for nothing especially not in public; “did he have an incurable disease,” the thousands of possibilities that could have massed themselves to bring this human being to his breaking point will never be known. Paul had even been reassured that his actions were right by others, but you must fight basic instinct to ignore another human that is suffering, it is unnatural.
For many years authors have brilliantly incorporated the theme of sorrow and disempowerment as a consequence of the actions of others. Authors depict the reality of others doubt in people, even their family members, through their brutal and trust lacking actions. Through the short stories “Boys and Girls” by Alice Munro, “Brother Dear” by Bernice Friensen and “A Cap for Steve” written by Morley Callaghan the aspirations and desires of the main characters are not accepted by their fathers and also rejected by a more powerful authority. Not only are the characters not accepted but also relatives are thought to be more advantageous than then the key characters and although one character does not have a sibling, money overpowered his importance. Lastly, the fathers expectations of two characters does not align with the mothers, yet in one piece of literature the mother expected exactly what the father wished.
Chagnon describes his experience among the Yanonomo as completely different from what he was used to, the very definition of culture shock. He notes that experiences differ from group to group in field studies, but it is almost always nothing what you expect. The biggest problem he experienced in this new culture had to do with privacy, eating, bathing, sleeping, and loneliness. He goes on to explain that our own expectations of how we should be treated in another culture far differ from what actually happens, his own experience greatly different from his expectations. However as Chagnon spent more and more time with them he learned their ways, so different from our own, and his standing amongst them grew.
Even though both Jefferson and Grant Wiggins learned a good lesson, I felt that Grant was the one that had learn much more. Jefferson was just not open to his family members and those close to him, but had either recorded or kept his feelings inside. When he actually expressed his sadness and frustration to people, I guess some people would classify that as a big lesson learned, but I think Grant went through some major change. Grant had first felt that there was no point in his lifestyle. Why was he living like this?
“Biddlebaum the silent began to talk, striving to put into words the ideas that had been accumulated by his mind during the long years of silence” (Anderson 10). Biddlebaum uses his hands a lot when he tries to communicate but nothing ever comes out which exemplifies a communication barrier. This barrier tends to keep people away causing him to be viewed as an outcast. “George Willard, he had many times wanted to ask about hands...He felt that there must be a reason for their strange activity and their inclination to keep hidden away” (Anderson 12). Often times when people feel that a person is keeping something hidden, like in Biddlebaum’s case, it is very hard for the other people to understand Biddlebaum’s
His argument has a lot of people from different backgrounds and perspectives reading it. To start, the title, “What’s Wrong With Vocational School?” offers a different perspective in and of itself; for many traditional American middle-class families, vocational school is simply never considered. In some way, this makes his bold writing style more impressive because of the potential risk he is taking. The supposed risk, however, is in the perspective of each reader. If one views it as Murray’s support of the less talented, or less affluent, then he seems very democratic and generous.
Some of the stories were just plain weird, and i did not really understand what was going on no matter how many times i read them. Things just did not seem to make sense until i heard some of my classmates' thoughts, and Kens too. It was not that they were difficult reading, just more or less they had ideologies behind them that i did not pick up. For example, with 'Good Country People,' i still do not understand what the point of that story was. It was just about a guy who became what he thought people expected of him to get what he wanted.
Levels of understanding can be high or low, and are determined by the amount of knowledge they have about the issue. How much knowledge they have, decides whether it is wise or unwise to assume they understand fully. In “The Quiet American” by Graham Greene (1955), Pyle is a character who assumes he understands Vietnam. Pyle clearly has a lack of understanding of Vietnam; however his innocence and ignorance caused him to assume he understands Vietnam. Pyle’s innocence can be seen in many parts of the book, for example in page 30, (Greene 1955:30) Pyle was unable to handle the throng of prostitutes, and needed help from Fowler, who rescued him and brought him out of the House of the Five Hundred Girls.
But like I said earlier, Levi was more ashamed over the fact that he was too focused on survival and realized that they lost his humanity along the way. I think Levi was being too hard on himself. Throughout the rest of the book, his humanity is present through his exchange with other prisoners, his ever-present knowledge, and his insight into others. Although this passage is glaringly honest, I do not think that he completely lost his humanity due to his will to survive. Levi admits that there were times when thought was impossible to ignore, like right before falling asleep.
Fardad Hajirostami Mr. Henry A.P. Literature 24 March 2013 The Meticulous Carpenter Throughout the early stages of the novel, other characters perceive Cash as an apathetic perfectionist who busies himself in what seems to be unnecessary deeds. In the early parts of the novel, Cash does not narrate much and even when he does, not much is revealed past his outer shell. Cash’s intentions and philosophical views are further revealed in chapter 53, where he takes the place of Darl’s role as the main narrative. Earlier in the novel, Cash expresses himself through his actions rather than his words.