Contents Of The Dead Man's Pocket Short Story

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The stories “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket”, “The Leap”, and “The Trip” all explore aspects that are drastic for the characters and are thrilling to the audience to read. Common elements can be found in each story. Even though each story is similar, each story has a unique way of hooking the reader that stays true to the theme and plot.
The main characters in “The Trip” and in “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket” share similarities. In “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket” the protagonist Tom Benecke is a selfish workman that risks the entirety of his life for a piece of paper he needs for work. On page thirty-one he thinks “Contents of the dead man’s pocket, he thought, one sheet of paper bearing penciled notations-incomprehensible.” In “The Trip” Murad is a risk taker that hopes for a better life in Puerto Rico. On page fifty-five it states “It’s worth it though, Murad tells himself. Some time on this flimsy boat and then a job.” They are both convinced that the grass is greener on the other side- just some time and a better job. Both characters in each story are making a huge risk for themselves. However, the differences are not lost between the lines. Character Tom Benecke turns down a night with his night because he is accompanied alone in his office with his work- he does not appear to be social in the story. Murad accompanies the girl sitting next to him on the boat almost immediately. On page fifty-one Murad stands up for the Guinean woman being yelled at by her husband. “Leave her alone,” Murad says. This shows Murad is quite brave and treats the woman in his life with respect unlike Tom Benecke in the beginning of the story who finesses his wife.
In the story “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket”, Tom Benecke risks his life for a yellow piece of paper he needs for perhaps a promotion and a cookie. In the story “The Trip”, Murad has a similar conflict. Murad longs for a better life quality of life in Puerto- he risks being caught and locked up abroad.2. This tells us the characters bite off more than they can chew-meaning they don’t rationalize their decisions. They both have a high chance of worse case-scenario.
The themes are both similar in “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket” and “The Leap”. The
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