Evil Lies Deep Within: Analysis of "The Child by Tiger" by Thomas Wolfe

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Every day people are often seen committing good, kind, and helpful acts while others are found committing acts of evil. One doesn't think, though, of the possibility that those who often do good would rash out in evil acts for no apparent reason at all. It is human nature to simply go along in every day life, knowing right from wrong, knowing the results and consequences of certain acts, and assuming anyone with a different idea is insane. In The Child by Tiger by Thomas Wolfe, a lesson about man's darker side is taught through explorations of imagery, death, and human behavior. By means of these explorations, the reader can then see how humans are capable of losing touch with reality, taking light of killing, and releasing the evil …show more content…
It was noted that Prosser "went too softly, at too swift a pace", as a shadow of doubt was cast over the once-thought hero. Prosser's transformation from good to evil is thus begun early in the story. Death is an inevitable part of the life cycle. Even so, it is the one thing many humans fear the most. We try to avoid all chances of it at best, otherwise attempt to face it with dignity if we cannot avoid it. Dick Prosser, in Thomas Wolfe's The Child by Tiger, had a different method of dealing with death. He aggressively awoke the beast of death, infuriated it without a care, and then willingly accepted his inevitable fate. Prosser knew his fate beforehand. He planned his actions after he had read a particular portion in the chapter of Exodus in the Bible, which explains why he took off his shoes in symbolism. Man's darker side was shown not only through the actions of Dick Prosser, but also through the actions of the townspeople. Even though they could have easily arrested Prosser and given him a just punishment, they shot him as he sat and continued to shoot him after he was already dead. Prosser faced his killing of others and his own death without fear. This was part of his transformation from good to evil: the loss of fear. Humankind is known to react to situations in very common ways. When something good happens we celebrate and smile, and when something bad happens we
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