What makes a character ‘bad’ and criminal? A criminal is a person who is a wrongdoer; a person who commits actions in which the outcomes is beneficent solely to himself. A ‘bad’ person is someone who is unwelcoming and unpleasant. Knowing this, Abul Khaizuran from ‘Men in the Sun’ by Ghassan Kanafani, does not identify with such characteristics. Keeping in mind that the novella’s setting is taken place a few years after the all-out attack on Palestine and they are going from Basra to Kuwait and during the corrupted society of Palestinians, Abul Khaizuran puts his life on the line to help Abu Qais, Assad and Marwan by smuggling them into Kuwait. Instead of focusing and worrying about himself, he selflessly decided to help them. Throughout the …show more content…
He had gone out of his way to help Marwan, welcomed Abu Qais to sleep in his valued lorry and tore down Assad’s cautious and uptight demeanor in just a short period of time by simply being himself. In the final analysis with all possible perspectives considered such as the incidents that portray Abul Khaizuran in both a positive and negative light, Abul Khaizuran is generally a good character. Even though Abul Khaizuran did indeed want more money, he was thoughtful and understanding with Abu Qais, Assad and Marwan. He did not ask for more money when he could have since he was their only option to getting into Kuwait, but he didn’t. He could have cheated and left them in the desert out to die, but he didn’t. He could have made their journey more unpleasant, but instead, he would try to liven up the mood with his laughter and his usually cheerful attitude. Also, a point that is often overlooked is the corrupted society in the novella. They were in a time where the society of Palestinians where marauding each other rather than being unified as they should have been. Taking everything into account, Abul Khaizuran is portrayed as a good character and not a criminal or ‘bad’ character in ‘Men in the Sun’ by Ghassan
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How can you tell if a “bad guy”--the villain, the monster, the thief--is necessarily a bad guy? Is it by the images they choose to ink on their skin? Their crooked smile, or maybe perhaps the way they like to crack their knuckles? Maybe it’s just their attire: it’s too dark, too scary. And what of their eyes? There’s something there...something about the way they’re placed, something about how they flicker and gleam with every mention of what they desire. But what of their feelings? The ever-circling wheels of emotions from deep inside that manage to control the raging tides of life? Do they not care like we do?
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In Flannery O'Connor's short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” a twisted criminal known only as “The Misfit” captures a family of four and a grandmother that he runs into during his escape. As he proceeds to execute each family member, he breaks down the grandmother’s weak moral code. Why does O’Connor use such a violent character? O’Connor uses The Misfit’s twisted but unbreakable moral code to expose the grandmother’s own moral weakness and hypocrisy.
When we look at Falnnery O’Connors “A Good Man is Hard to Find” we see many forms of evil even before we meet the criminals. The family has a trip planned to Florida which the grandmother does not approve of because she would rather visit Tennessee. The grandmother then tries to per sway the family by instilling fear bringing up “The Misfits” who were local criminals that just escaped from prison; although her actions may seem rather insignificant and perhaps even debatable if they are evil, the grandmother’s actions can still be perceived as selfish. The grandmother’s selfish motives can be viewed as a form evil even if it is not the worst evil. This begs the question where precisely does the line lay on what is done through purely evil motives and if the line is really as clear cut as we may possibly think it is?
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