The husband made stereotypes abut the blind and pass judgments on Robert. The four stereotypes the husband made about the blind are the blind move slowly, never laugh, use canes, and wear dark glasses. “And his being blind bothered me” (Carver 100). From the very beginning the husband expresses negative feelings toward Robert because Robert is blind. The text goes on to say, “My idea of blindness came from the movies.
When Lennie arrives at his room, he turns him away, hoping to prove a point that if he, as a black man, is not allowed in white men’s houses, then whites are not allowed in his, but his desire for company ultimately wins out and he invites Lennie to sit with him. Like Curley’s wife, Crooks is disempowered, but turns his vulnerability into a weapon to attack those who are even weaker. Crooks begins to pick on Lennie, suggesting George won’t come home, and a slight mean streak is exposed that has probably developed after being alone for so long. Lennie unwittingly soothes Crooks into feeling at ease, and Candy even gets him excited about the dream farm. Crooks’s little dream of the farm is shattered by Curley’s wife’s nasty comments, putting the black man right into his "place" as inferior to a white woman, somebody already seen as being inferior to everyone else on the ranch to begin with.
The lawyer’s problem stems from the fact that he doesn’t know how to deal with and eventually get rid of Bartleby. The issue is not ignorance but confrontation between the lawyer and Bartleby. Delano on the other hand, succumbed to his well-natured obliviousness and overlooks clues of a mutiny right under his nose. However, because of his social conditioning leading him to believe that these events could not possibly occur, even though they crossed his mind, he nearly leads himself and his entire crew to their demise. Captain Delano can be shortly described as “a person of a singularly undistrustful good nature” (2695).
Both honest mistakes that he didn’t even know he made. The ignorance shown towards Lennie in the novel was due to the time period and the people’s lack of knowledge. People in the story like “The boss” just thought that Lennie wasn’t smart because he just didn’t talk much unless it was to his best friend George. There was ignorance in Raymond because his brother thought that he could remove Ray from his schedules at his home and take him with him. The Ignorance was that Ray needed those schedules or he will have a fit.
The situation through which the Dead family obtains its name begins a long line of poorly chosen, inescapable names. A drunken white man fills out Macon Dead I’s registration papers incorrectly, but Macon is illiterate, so, he does not catch the mistake. If Macon were more learned, he could have exerted some control by noticing the mistake and having it fixed. Instead, he remains oblivious until his wife reads his papers and tells him to keep the name, thus exerting her own control over
Despite Crooks initial hostility to Lennie, he is obviously desperate for company and invites him in, telling Lennie how he fears for his own sanity and that “books ain’t no good” for company. As he tells Lennie, Crooks is so desperate for “just talking, being with another guy” that he tolerates a visitor who has no idea about what he is actually talking about and cannot offer any real sympathy or company. Steinbeck is very explicit about the fact that Crooks is separated from the others solely because he is black (even the similarly crippled Candy gets to share the bunkhouse with the men) and shows the social injustice with Crooks innocent childhood memories of life on his father’s
Crooks is a man, supposedly young but disabled, that likes books and keeps his small room neat, but has been so beaten down by loneliness and prejudicial treatment of that he is now suspicious of any kindness he receives. Racial discrimination is part of the microcosm Steinbeck describes in his story. It reaches its height in the novel when Curley's wife puts Crooks "in his place" by telling him that a word from her will have him lynched. Interestingly, only Lennie, the child-like character, does not see the color of Crooks' skin. Crooks isn’t ashamed about his inheritance but has pride and tells Lennie he doesn’t descend from slaves but from landowners.
Again this presents the idea of being the unreliable narrator as he fails to perceive the sinister way of Heathcliff’s living. As an audience a feeling of mistrust and even dislike is built for Lockwood as he constantly misjudges events, which could even evoke frustration from the audience as his complete incompetence and lack of understanding immediately allows him to fall out of favour with Heathcliff, and furthermore presents his clumsy character. In addition to this, Lockwood also misreads Heathcliff is by being totally unaware of his body language: ‘my heart warmed..when I beheld his black eyes withdraw so suspiciously’ this quotations presents how Lockwood is completely oblivious to the recluse body language of Heathcliff, which strongly suggests he is uncomfortable in Lockwood’s presence. Furthermore, the fact that his ‘heart warmed’ when seeing Heathcliff react so strangely to
He states at the end of the quote, “perhaps it does not seem to them that we suffer”, which seems to help him forgive his relatives because they don’t know the troubles Kumalo and his wife have suffered. When he first goes to find his sister Gertrude, he is angry at her for shaming his family, “You have shamed us, he says in a low voice, not wishing to make it known to the world. A liquor seller, a prostitute, with a child and you do not know where it is? Your brother a priest? How
The young waiter is in a hurry to go home to his wife and is repulsed by the old and meaningless life of the old man. The older waiter identifies with this old man in that he also feels the despair of nothingness in his own life. The fact that the café is well lit is a powerful symbol in the story. Darkness can be a symbol of fear, loneliness, despair, and emptiness, while the light brings comfort and companionship. The light in the café is man-made or artificial and can be turned off; giving us the sense that it can only be a temporary and incomplete relief from the emptiness of the dark.