When faced with a potentially dangerous animal, one must decide if they should attack the animal before it attacks them. In the short story “The Rattler”, a man is walking close to his ranch when he encounters a rattlesnake. He is faced with the decision of whether he should kill the snake to keep the people around the ranch safe or let it go, ultimately deciding to kill the snake. Through diction and tone, the author makes the reader feel as though the snake should have lived through sympathy for the snake. Throughout the story, the author uses strong word choice to indicate that the snake did nothing wrong.
The author's literary techniques used in "The Rattler" portray a feeling of sadness and regret. A human has come across a snake, in the snake’s natural habitat. For the sake of human safety the snake must die. The reader becomes sympathetic for the man and his choice to save himself and others. The man also shows a sense of humility when he chooses to leave the rattlers on the snake.
The two main subjects of the story are the unnamed man, and the snake who happen to cross paths in a desert and things don’t quite end well for one of the two. In the passage, The Rattler, the writer uses explicit details and descriptions and scenery, in a way, to leave the reader both empathetic for the man and sympathetic for the snake. The writer uses explicit details to leave the reader empathetic for the man. Shortly after the man encounters the snake, it is revealed that he has never killed an animal and finds “no satisfaction in taking life”. This is very important to note as most humans haven’t done so or find satisfaction in taking life.
They felt as though they were at death 's door and they had to be willing to do anything to survive. Also fear was the driving force and without hat, some basic needs potentially would not have been met. For instance, if the boys were not worried about survival the wouldn 't have to kill the pig or built shelter. The fear of death was useful for the boys because it helped them live to fight another day. In conclusion, fear is the roots cause of the main conflict.
The man’s deceased wife once told him that he couldn’t survive for himself, he has to survive for someone else. His son is the man’s reason for living as he does everything he can to ensure his survival. He ensures his son’s well being and happiness by giving him small luxuries like hot cocoa and the last coca cola. Ely says, “Where man cannot live, gods fear no better.” Gods are only worth
Such as the time when they met with the blood cult member, the man used the last bullet in their gun to kill the cannibal cult member and escape from death. The man and boy fight for survival because they believe there are other survivors, the man is motivated to protect his son, the man has an unexplainable will to live, and he wants what is best for the boy. The man and the boy work together to get through the difficulties of traveling and find ways to stay alive. It is worth the man and the boy to fight for survival because they find many reasons to
When death takes his godson, his godson was “unable to resist and was obligated to follow death” and no matter how the godson tried to escape/trick death “[he] fell forever into the hands of Death”. Because the godson could not control his fate with death, it shows that death is more forceful than all man, even his godson. The book ends with the lesson that death can not be resisted and if death decides to take a person, the person will have no option but to go with death and, pass away. Altogether, Godfather death, the theme of death is applied to teach the simple facts of death. This story is beneficial because it can be used as a tool to teach children about death.
It shows the people she encounters, the obstacles, and the confusion she faces during the path, as well it relates to everyday living. It tells the reader that in one’s life they might come across people that will try to hurt and stop him/her. Although, to not be weak, to not give up and do not let the simple minded painful people get him/her such as ” The Hunter”. He who had helped Phoenix out of a ditch that she fell into all the while calling her rude names and as his dog continued to bark at her, did not phase Phoenix. With the racist comments, and how he threatened her by putting his gun in her face so calmly, after he had just helped her.
This is the first sign of physical distress that we encounter in this poem, which plays a significant a part in the underlying importance of the story. The third sentence tells the reader what the man is leaving behind, and why he is leaving his small hut. Again, it is clear that this man is incredibly poor, stating, “He’d have had to leave his wife asleep on a cornshuck mat...” (13-14). What little possessions this man has, he is leaving behind to go bury his son, who was “bundled in a burlap
Poe uses imagery to explain the atmosphere of fear and the continuous breaking of Usher. Poe portrays the surroundings of the narrator as dark, giving an image of the setting “During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year” (Poe 310). The image of a dark day is installed in the reader by this line. This line also gives the reader the image of being alone on a dark day in the autumn. Poe also uses imagery to make his readers a sense of fear “I know not how it was--but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit” (Poe 310).