“I’m a Mad Dog Biting Myself for Sympathy” by Louise Erdrich is a first-person point of view story, where the narrator talks about this incident of him stealing this stuffed toucan. Through the story, you can see many explains of him feeling the loss in his life, and him struggling with change. The narrator makes bad choice after bad choice; first, he steals a stuffed toucan from a store. Then proceeds to run with this large toucan, and steals a car, which he finds out that has a baby inside, then gets stuck in a ditch and leaves the car and baby behind, and then finally gets caught. This all spans from him wanting to get his supposed girlfriend Dawn a Christmas present.
Her father, King Triton, forbids Ariel from meeting a human, so she finds other ways to connect with humans. Ariel steals possessions from poor women and men lost at sea from shipwrecks. During the movie, Ariel goes to her secret grotto to store her stolen treasures. Over the a period of time, Ariel has stolen thousands of possessions. Although she is caught stealing by her friend, Sebastian, Ariel struggles to stop compulsively stealing items from humans.
Rowlandson frequently alludes to the book of Job- drawing a parallel between herself and the perfect Christian martyr. By describing her captors in association with Hell, she casts them as, not only, enemies of the Puritans, but enemies of God as well. Rowlandson does suffer the wrath of her mistress; however, she is met with much kindness from other Natives. For example, she is even given a Bible by one of her “savage” captors (Rowlandson 263). She is offered food by many other Natives (Rowlandson 269).
Rumors say that most crimes are done by him, mostly nocturnal events like mutilated chickens and pets. Jem had never seen Boo. Dill, a friend of Jem, dared him to touch the Radleys House so Boo Radley would come out. ‘Jem threw the gate open and sped to the side of the house, slapped it with his palm and ran back past us, not waiting to see if his foray was successful.’ At first he was scared, but since his pride of never backing out on a dare was too big, he did it anyway. After this event, Jem’s fear towards the Radleys lessened.
Johnny pleads to Sam, also known as Snake-Eye, to not take him back home. He says, “‘You won't take me back home again, Snake-Eye, will you?’” (4). It is normally conceived that a child that is kidnapped will be scared, but Johnny Dorset is not like most kids. When Sam and Bill were passing by the Dorset household, Johnny was throwing rocks at a kitten. Another ironic aspect to O. Henry’s story is that Sam and Bill must pay ransom to give Johnny back to his parents.
(41)” This is situational irony because Johnny is kidnapped and he does not want to leave even though when you are kidnapped you are supposed to be scared and are longing to go home. O. Henry uses situational irony to make the reader again feel the emotion humor when the kidnappers were attempting to collect a ransom from Red Chief's father but the understood what a pain Johnny is and that he could use that against the kidnappers. Eventually Johnny’s father sent a letter back to the kidnappers proposing his trade. ‘“you bring Johnny home and pay me two hundred and fifty dollars in cash, and I agree to take him off your hands. (52)”’ This statement is an example of situational irony because when a parent's child is kidnapped it is an instinctive reaction to do whatever you can to get your child back.
When Margery asks why she is unhappy, Sirith explains that she had a daughter who was married to a good husband, but rejected the advances of a clerk during the husband's absence, whereupon the clerk magically changed her daughter into a female dog, and here she is, still crying for not having granted the clerk his will. Margery sees the similarity to her own case, becomes frightened at the possible canine consequences, and asks Sirith to bring Wilekin to her. He arrives, and Margery agrees to be his lover. The main interest of this fabliau - and the way it differs most from the French fabliaux - is in its use of direct speech and the way in which that direct speech is used for purposes of characterization. Of the 450 lines in the poem 397 are direct speech, and the personalities and the attitudes of the three characters are gradually revealed through that direct speech, so that what were stock characters in the analogues - the amorous clerk, the young wife, and the old woman - become in this poem developed characters, people who have a three-dimensional quality to them.
Even Jesse’s own mother has a conflicting view of his cultural identity, which she expresses through diction. Jesse’s life, and death, serve as an educational and entertaining story of the dangers of trying too hard to forget one's culture in order to fit into a different one. Coyote is a Native American God whose mischievous
I recognized you at once” which caused the Misfit to say, “Yes’m. But it would have been better for all of you, lady, if you hadn’t reckernized me.” This causes her own son to whisper horrible things about her. After the announcement of this serial killer, the grandmother looks out for herself by asking the Misfit, “You wouldn’t shoot a lady, would you” (Kelly 362)? This shows her carelessness about everybody except her well-being. As Bailey and his son goes in the woods with Hiram, the grandmother and the Misfit began talking about praying as two shots went off.
First of all, the first way that he shows the theme is using the character Johnny, by kidnapping the little boy for money gave them carma by the boy not wanting to go home to his father and also the little boy became rough with Bill. “Aw, what for?” says he. “I don’t have any fun at home. I hate to go to school. I like to camp out.