And he kills an old man for no other reason than because his eye makes “his blood run cold”. The story starts out erratic, “True!—nervous—very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?”(228). The narrator cannot even speak in complete sentences, or even complete thoughts here and that sends up a red flag that something might be off in his head. He claims his madness is not really madness; it is just his sharpened senses. “The disease had sharpened my senses—not destroyed—not dulled them.
Jack believes that hunting is not instinctive talent but a skill acquired by practice. His motives for hunting are disturbing. He hunts not for the purpose of gaining food to eat but for his personal enjoyment. Golding indicates that there is something extremely dangerous in Jack's obsession with hunting; his expression is one of "madness" when he speaks about his desire to kill. At this point in the story Jack is not sufficiently prepared to kill, but he is approaching the point at which he can inflict mortal violence upon another, whether a pig or a person.
We can see this in source 2, page 38, by the medicine man of the Blackfoot, painted by George Catlin. This has a very negative view on the Sioux Indians because it is showing that they have killed animals and that they don’t care that they wore animal skin over their clothing and do not realise that if they killed animals just for that then their food supply will run out quicker. This source is produced by George Catlin, who is a reliable white US soldier, settler. It is reliable because who it is produced by, as he saw a lot of things that the Sioux Indians did. It is also unreliable because this is a painting of what they were when they were in a ceremony not there everyday life.
To Kill a Mockingbird focuses on “Maycomb’s usual disease,” as a pivotal part of the book, but also shows that compassion and wisdom can exist in these most bleak areas. The prejudice and bigotry comes from the lack of knowledge of Maycomb, and their fear to change what they have grown up with. Pre-conceived ideas are the main reason that Maycomb is ignorant of black people as they are afraid what a change of those pre-conceived ideas will bring. Even so, compassion still exists, as Atticus is able to save Scout and Jem from the influence of ‘Maycomb’s usual disease.’ Wisdom is also embodied by Atticus, where his wisdom, which is not necessarily knowledge but life experience, is able to force him to do things which are right, shown in his reluctant shooting of the rabid dog. The lack of knowledge in Maycomb about the outside world and their opinions about black people ingrains ‘Maycomb’s usual disease’ into their minds as they have no other opinions about black people.
(The average person’s mind still functions at a base level and is racist, territorial and often morally savage. Can’t pretend to be nice and all embracing of my fellow humans. This is just the truth for me.) Thornhill struggles to recognize the humanity in the aboriginal people even though he sees their intelligence and their similarities to himself. (This isn’t a text response essay, but think of him noticing the shape of the poisoned child’s skull; consider him pondering the ease with which the blacks found the food they needed yet still had time to play with their children.
His natural fear of death overcomes his sense of human morality, which also suggests breaking a code of chivalry. When Lord Bertilak returns home from his hunting trip, Gawain does not reveal the girdle to his host but, instead, hides it, what from Bertilak’s point of view is breaking the agreement to return anything given to him while his host is away. However, Gawain’s point of view on this particular situation is different at first. Gawain is trying to operate under the laws of chivalry which, evidently, have rules that can contradict each other. In the story, Gawain finds himself torn between doing what a damsel asks (accepting the girdle) and keeping his promise.
In chapter one, Jack hesitates to stab and kill a piglet because he has never killed anything, and the barbaric act of cutting into a living creature was too overwhelming. Not only does Jack see this as a personal weakness, but he also is embarrassed by his hesitation and says “I was choosing a place.” His explanation that he was looking for a place to stab the piglet was false and everyone knew it was the unbearable blood stopping Jack from killing the creature; however, he vows that next time the pig won't get away. This vow opens the door to the savagery that will overtake him and many of the boys who want to satisfy their primal impulses. Clearly Jack does not start off as a monster, and he still remains in touch with civilization. Although, as the novel continues, Jack's trajectory gradually moves away from the formal, civilized way of life and steadily toward murder and brutality.
The rabbit is an important character because he represents a giving person, while the ram represents the careless person. The significance of this story would be that people shouldn’t be so careless. We all have boundaries that need to be followed if not there will be consequences. (Welker Glenn) B. An important event in “The Jaguar and the Deer” is when the jaguar and the deer first find out they have been helping each other build the same home and still
The major reason why Rat slaughtered the baby buffalo is because he cannot face his friend’s death. War is pity which we can feel through the death of Rat’s friend Curt Lemon. War is love. The worse the situation is, the more precious the love will be. Love can always save people from the despair of the war.
Willie’s tragic flaw was he doesn’t know from reality from fantasy. All of these tragic heroes have suffered greatly but Oedipus is by far the most tragic hero of them all. Oedipus tries to escape faith but faith had a way of catching up to him. There was a prophecy that he would grow up to kill his father and marry his mother. Oedipus tries to avoid this by running away from his “parents”.