The Themes Of Empathy

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Human beings are kind and caring in nature. They exude a sense of compassion towards each other. This is called empathy. Humans care for one another and are mostly understanding. However, this not always the case. Sometimes due to adolescence or pure cynicism. This lack of empathy can cause challenges in social relations, rendering empathy of utmost importance. Hence, the characterization of empathy is prevalent in multiple works, including text 3 and 4. Text 3, a comic panel, exhibits the lack of empathy in a simpler manner. It shows the lack of empathy through a paranoid cynicist, a boy afraid of swimming who distrusts his lifeguard. It is later revealed that the lifeguard is also a cynicist, complaining about how she’s doing the job just to pay for university. Therefore, this text shows the audience how the lack of empathy from both ends yielded a lack of understanding. On the other hand, text 4, a poem, displays the significance of empathy in a different and more complex fashion. It reveals…show more content…
In text 3, the lack of empathy and cynicism, drove the kid into thinking that the lifeguard is out to get him and feels that he is unsafe anywhere except with his mom. He fails to empathize with the lifeguard and does not understand how she’s only here to help him. However, the bigger failure in this situations the lifeguard, Being the older person, she should have comforted him when he said the water is cold. Even when he started crying for his mother she did not do anything but complain about her job. This shows that she's selfish and very unempathetic. However, in text 4, empathy is examined in a very different angle. The narrator is very empathetic. He was not very optimistic but was realistic. He felt for people who loved him and hated him. In the last stanza he has an empathetic tone as he gives his advice to the audience. To convey the theme, both authors, used tone and mood to showcase the
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