Kid Nobody Could Handle Essay

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In the short story, The Kid Nobody Could Handle, by Kurt Vonnegut, the main character of the story is George Helmholtz. He lives in a small town with his wife, is the head of the music department at the local high school and the director of the band. He is the most important person in the story because he is the only one, not psychiatrists, and foster parents, to make a difference in Jim’s life. Throughout the story, George is determined and hopeful, lonely, and fixated with the beauty of music.

George Helmholtz, as the head of the music department at Lincoln High School, is very determined with his regular students and the gifted musicians of the band. Each semester and year at school he dreams of “leading as fine a band as there was on
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Additionally, he seems to be the type of person that could spend hours listening to music alone, or just reading music sheets. Without his wife, he spent the mornings going out for breakfast, and the evenings waking up in the middle of the night, “His wife was visiting relatives out of town. He was on his own”. In addition, he told Bert Quinn, “When the cat’s away, this mouse gets lonesome”. Not only does he feel alone without his wife around, but also he frequently likes to escape from the world of teaching. “I have got at least one tiny corner of the universe I can make just the way I want it”. The troubles of life make him wonder about things that he has done. “Sometimes, I get so lonely and disgusted, I don’t see how I can stand it”. Mostly in the story, George likes to be teaching his students or engaging in conversation with others. However, there is the times when, by choice or not, he is lonely.

Lastly, the most important thing in George’s life is the beauty of music. He has a nightmare in the middle of the night, about what could have happened to the music room, “The monster clawed to shreds the heads of the biggest drum in the state. Helmholtz woke up howling”. He headed to the school, there he reflected on the beauty of his instruments, “As he polished he could hear the great horns roaring, could see them flashing in the sunlight, with the stars and stripes and the banner of Lincoln high going before”. In the lab next door, there was

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