Anger In Roald Dahl's Short Story 'Poison'

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Anger is a natural expression in many situations. Anger is usually understood, but in some instances it's not. When someone is under stress or is accused of something, it is understandable to be angry. In Roald Dahl’s short story “Poison,” Harry is angry because he is under stress, taken aback by the doctor’s sarcasm, and because he misread the situation. Timber was understanding of Harry’s anger at the end of the story. Harry had been laying on his back trying not to move for hours and hours. He was attempting not to disturb the krait he saw slither onto his stomach earlier that day. Harry laid still for all those hours waiting for Timber to come home and help him. Harry was under a ton of stress from trying not to disturb the krait.…show more content…
When they moved the sheet, neither saw the krait that Harry said had been laying on his stomach. The doctor sarcastically asked if Harry was sure he had seen the krait. Harry was taken aback by the sarcasm. The sarcastic comment made Harry angry, along with the stress he had been under for the many past hours and his misreading of the situation. Even though Harry believed he saw a krait slither onto his stomach, there was nothing there. His misreading of the situation made his anger worse. Harry took his anger out on the doctor because the doctor had something that Harry did not like. Harry started yelling at the doctor because the doctor asked if he has really seen the krait, which Harry took as the doctor calling him a liar. Harry had a lot of anger built up inside of him from the stress he had been under, the sarcasm and misreading just added to that anger. Nevertheless, Harry was angry when he finally got to move from his bed. Even though the doctor did everything he could to help Harry, the sarcastic comment made Harry take out some of the anger on the doctor. Harry was more mad at himself than the doctor because Harry misread the situation. Because Harry had been under such stress, his anger was understandable. Since his anger was understandable, the doctor and Timber didn't get angry back at

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