Through characterisation, the author is able to construct representations of disempowerment. One of the most important characters in the story is “Fat Maz” and her parents. In the story, the main character is portrayed as being fat, unmotivated to do anything and living a very bland life. For example,
His sister had become a prostitute. He got her new clothes and talked her into coming back to the country with him, but of course she ran off before they went back home and left Kumalo with her son who he decided to raise as one of his own. While in the city, Kumalo heard of tragic news of three boys breaking into the home of political activist for equal rights, Arthur Jarvis, and murdering him in his own home. Kumalo prayed it wasn’t his son who he still had not found, but after following his sons footsteps realized the cops had gotten to him first and that it was his son who killed a man. Kumalo goes to visit his son in prison and ask him why he has done the things he has and why he had gone down such a terrible path. He can barely answer and has no clue why he did what he did. His actions were merely a result of peer pressure, another social issue, which ultimately resulted in his
The main character of the story is Nark, a rice farmer from Thailand with five children and has a poor economic status. For a poor rice farmer, suffering is not merely lack of money and lack of food in a hot season. It is the way they are treated by the people who thinks they are better just because they have more money. “There are some things money can’t buy, like morals, Intelligence and Life”.
Okonkwo’s oldest son, Nwoye, has to achieve high expectations, to be just like his father. If he falls short of Okonkwo’s near perfection, he will face consequence usually in the form of physical harm. Okonkwo wants Nwoye to be strong, powerful, independent, and hard-working. He must be like is father, and not like his grandfather, Unoka, or his mother. Unoka was an absolute failure in Okonkwo’s eyes, and a terrible father, who did nothing to help the family. Okonkwo is a man and wants his son to be a man too, not womanly like his mother. Okonkwo wanted “his son to be a great farmer and a great man” (33). Okonkwo is “worried about Nwoye....my children do not resemble me...too much of his mother in him” (66). Okonkwo knows that Nwoye resembles more of his mother than him, but also knows that he resembles Unoka too. Both fathers want their sons to be just like them, but do little to ask what they want in life, and neither father will budge on what they want for their sons.
Jumping from an all knowing narrator to specific points of views, Paton makes the narrator purposefully ignorant and limits its overall scope of situations, through both dialogue and context, while the novel has given enough information for it to be clear what is happening, which is shown, for example, through James Jarvis’s description of Kumalo as a stranger by detailing, “there was a knock on the door… [he found] a native parson standing on the paved stone.. The parson was old, and his black clothes were green with age, and his collar was brown with age or dirt (Paton 211).” Through this description of Kumalo, his broken spirit and overall bleak outlook on life and faith is highlighted. While Paton primarily uses an omniscient third person, his usage of occasional second person gives making the story more involved with using ‘you’ and directly conveying specific messages regarding natives crime, apartheid’s effect on society, or racism as a whole. Also, to add to the directness of his writing at points in the novel, Paton diverts from his usual past tense and uses present tense when speaking through second person. Utilizing different voices and structures, Paton creates a changing message that molds to fit with his specific purpose during varying points in his novel.
Abdul was raised by his parents to keep his head down and work hard so that he might escape poverty. He is merely a workhorse and “wasn't even sure that he had any moral judgements”. Despite these factors, Abdul does a mostly good job of remaining moral, besides trading with thieves, because he knows that a run-in with the law could spell disaster for his family. It is not until he meets The Master in the detention center that Abdul changes his motivation. The Master confronts the boys about their future and the horrors that await them if they do not conform their lives to society's image of goodness. Abdul hears, “Offer up your flesh, agree to be eaten by the eagles of the world, and justice will come to you in time”. This message is appealing to Abdul because of the happy ending the story promises. Since he has been raised to have a positive work ethic, he does not see any shortcuts because only hard work will carry him to success. He resolves to turn his life around and become one of the few boys who learns the lesson because he wants to and not just because he has to. On the other hand, Asha comes from a village so destitute that the slum is a more pleasant place to be. Asha has developed a very survival-focused view on life which unfortunately translates into her belief that “the ends justify the means”. This commonplace expression is exactly how corruption begins
The text offers a very simple and informal word choice. The syntax contributes to Silko’s attempt to counter discursive violence. The use of everyday words assists in the validity of the story and how it is passed down from generation to generation. Also, the narrator uses native Indian vocabulary that also could be seen as countering discursive violence. Using vocabulary familiar to the tribe makes the communication between the storyteller and the audience easier. It also aids in the understanding of the story.
This causes the reader’s heart to grow sad because an education may be a child’s only chance to leave the slums behind and search for a better life. Boo’s amazing representation of Manju’s hard work sets an example to the children of Annawabi because she is using her educational advantage to give others a hand in their journey to get out of the slums and find a better life. Boo’s characterization of Manju allows to reader to become interested in Manju and her life because although she herself isn’t struggling with economic issues, Manju wants to help those in her community. Manju is a character foil for her mother, who constantly strives to make as much money as she can, even if others suffer. Manju’s actions shine more brightly once contrasted with her mother’s actions and it
“There is nothing more savage than modern civilization.” - Bryant McGill. Lord of the flies, a book we are all forced to read sometime in high school as of 2016; this is due to the overgrowth of savagery in the world as of today, wars, bombings, suicides, crashes, and political inequality hurt everyday people all over the world, even this second but, why does all this occur when we know so much as a human race? Savagery is genetic. 3 main things show savagery is genetic; monoamine oxidase A , depression can happen in the finest of homes, and mental disorders aren't something people learn. Humans are genetically bad because a good environment doesn't always create a good person and a bad environment doesn't always create
Main character Kino embodies the prey-like qualities of the Indian population, experiencing firsthand the power of racism. When his son falls seriously ill, Kino’s lack of knowledge prevents him from treating his son, and he is forced to seek the assistance of a European doctor. Yet as he arrives at the doctor’s lavish home, the recollection of European cruelty surges in his mind and “. . . [rage] [swells] in him . . . his lips [draw] tight against his teeth - but with his left hand he [reaches] to take off his hat”(Steinbeck 9). As anger begins to dominate Kino’s emotions, his instinctual actions grow more primitive and animal-like. His “lips draw tight against his teeth” like an animal at bay, furious yet forced to comply with his indomitable foe. In spite of his anger, Kino must adhere to his plebeian duties, and like a dutiful pet, he resolves to show submission and respect towards the Europeans by taking off his hat. In a sudden turn of events, Kino stumbles upon a pearl of immeasurable value. When the news reaches the doctor, he offers his assistance under the assumption that Kino will repay him with the pearl. At the thought of the Europeans’ harsh
Mathabane argues that the prostitution scene in his novel became a “crucial turning point in the book—and in my life” (Mathabane, Pg. 29). By writing this book his self-esteem grew because he was able to express himself for once without reprocautions. Since Mathabane was born in South Africa there was a lack of food and violence. Due to these circumstances, this lead him to a horrifying childhood. He explains how one day he was desperate for food he came upon a boy named Mphandlani. Mphandlani “promised that at the hostel we would get money and “all the food we could eat” in exchange for playing “a little game” with the migrant workers who lived there” (Mathabane, Pg. 29). When Mathabane got to the hostel he saw boys that were taking their
This novel narrates the life of a Nigerian man, Okonkwo. Okonkwo lives in a gathering of nine towns. The towns are led by a committee of senior citizens. Okonkwo is one of the regarded pioneers of his town. He is additionally a wrestling champion. Both his wrestling and his administration part are driven by his disgrace about his dad, who left a great deal of obligations unpaid when he passed away, and who Okonkwo saw as excessively lazy and woman like. The author made sure he elaborated on the disdain that Okonkwo had for his farther. Okonkwo made sure that he was the complete opposite of him. Later in the story, a man from a neighboring town murders one of the ladies from Okonkwo's town, a peace settlement requires the child of the man who
Malo awoke the next morning, Sunday, and sleepily made some breakfast while talking to his wife about the events of the day before. As Mr. Malo once again recounted his heroic actions, he couldn’t help thinking about how, in a way, what he was saying was a lie, and he couldn’t help but putting his doubt into words. Continuing the story almost felt wrong to Mr. Malo, since he did turn away from the scene of the crime, and the only reason he chased after the man was that he stole his Worm Repellent, a crucial part of Mr. Malo’s life. Eventually, he expressed his true feelings about the situation to his wife, and she replied that the important thing was that he stopped the thief; but Mr. Malo kept on thinking that the only important thing that mattered to him was getting his Worm Repellent back, which almost made him feel guilty, for everyone, it seemed, was praising him. Then, Mr. Malo’s phone rang and he answered it; it was the cop that talked to him earlier and he wanted to present him a medal for his bravery shown the day
When Kumalo arrives to the city, he finds out that it has corrupted his family. The racial injustice and the way that the whites treat the blacks have made his family turn from religion and commit crimes. His sister
Pokhom was a hard-working, dedicated man. By much scraping and pinching, he was able to earn roubles to buy a respectable piece of land of an adjoining property. Whenever he heard about a piece of marvelous land that was good for cropsand farming, he was electrified. He tried his best and worked his hardest to earn enough roubles to be able to buy the land of his dreams for himself and his family. His determination and dedicated attitude made him deserve all the roubles and land that he got. Pokhom worked hard to earn roubles by himself, without the help of the Devil. Although the Devil provided all the land, Pokhom was the one who earned enough roubles to buy the land. In the story, Pokhom encountered a ruined neighbour, who was a poor man that had nothing left and could only sell his property to survive. Pokhom, with all the roubles he had, tried helping his neighbour. He was presented with this opportunity within the story, and was willing to pay for the land.