Reflevant : A Servant Contrivant

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We all have our own perspectives of who the masters and servants are. Me personally, I like to think that I am the master. Of course though, this is wrong. We can consider ourselves to be servants of maybe our parents, the government, or maybe even teachers. According to the dictionary a servant is, “a person who performs duties for others.” This master and servant only arises when the tasks are performed under the direction and control of the master. So in a way we are servants, to teachers by doing the homework that they assign, your parents by doing the chores that they make you do, or maybe just a simple request by a friend. All they have to do is maybe ask you to pass them the pencil or paper, and if you comply, for that instant you have established the master and servant relation. Of course it could be reversed, by you asking a friend to hand you something, you make them your “servant” for that simple task. In Jonathan Stroud’s first book in his Bartimaeus trilogy, Stroud entertains us through this story by introducing young Nathaniel who lives in a world of magic. In the story, Stroud shows how having an undependable master could make the “servant” go through wrong paths, shows a comical relationship between Nathaniel and his servant, and by showing the servant’s perspective of their masters’. In Stroud’s book Bartimaeus: The Amulet of Samarkand, he introduces the ambiguous relationship between servant and master. Having a bad “master” in the first place makes a

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