Today me and Slim walked to the bunkhouse together, just chattin’ about the little pup that Slim gave to Lennie, which is moreover a kind gesture of him, since we both know that it means a lot to Lennie. Now the big guy’s got something to pet. I hope this keeps him damn busy, so he won’t do anything stupid which will get us in trouble. Slim commented on the power of Lennie, when he’s buckin’ barley, saying that he almost killed his partner. I felt proud at that moment, and as proud as I am I told him that Lennie can do anything if it doesn’t require much thinking.
An incident occurred between a father and his son, where the son murdered his father for a ration of food. Also a Gypsy had attacked Elie’s father when he asked where the bathrooms were. Sadly, Elie doesn’t escape this horrific fate. When his father had grown sick, he had to stay in a cabin with others who were sick as well. Elie tried to help him, but he soon grew tired of helping his father and felt relieved when his father had died; he felt free.
Ausin Savell In Tobias Wolff’s “Hunters in the Snow” Frank and Kenny find themselves bullying their friend, Tub, on their annual winter hunting trip. This leads the characters to unavoidable disaster. However, it allows the reader to learn more about the characters’ traits. Frank is particularly interesting because he is described as humorous, philosophical, and a pedophile. This makes Frank grow more and more intriguing as the story progresses.
They are supposed to be best friends, but Gene envies him and thinks he is trying to make him look bad. After Finny’s accident, Gene struggled with guilt and his life was changed because of it. “I spent as much time as I could alone in our room, trying to empty my mind of every thought, to forget where I was, even who I was. One evening when I was dressing for dinner in this numbed frame of mind, an idea occurred to me, the first with any energy behind it since Finny fell from the tree. I decided to put on his clothes” (Knowles 29).
Ralph has noticed a drifting between the boys, due to both of him lacking leadership, and to the hunters’ growing free-spirited but crazy morals. He noticed the longer they were away from home, the more sanity they loss. Within the last few weeks, Ralph lost his two only friends due to the horrid actions of the hunters. Seeing Stanley killed for the humor of a hunter, and glimpsing at Simon being stabbed and torn apart both made Ralph realized that not only the voice of reason and justice is gone, but also their hope of redemption, to be rescued. Even after counseling and therapy, Ralph himself felt like those mere five weeks were dreading, endless years, as if he matured throughout time spent on the
Louie was taken off work duty because his is injured, but begs for a job so he can keep a higher food ration. The Bird forces him to clean up after a pig with his bare hands. Although pushed through this Louie was able to find small victories such as racing civilians which boosted his moral immensely. “He knew what would happen if he won, but the cheering and the accumulation of so many months of humiliation brought something in him to a hard point. He lengthened his stride, seized the lead, and crossed the finish line” (Hillenbrand 216).
After the Watsons get back from Alabama, Byron hangs out with Kenny a lot more because he understands that Kenny feels bad about what happened. Byron also finds out that Kenny has been hiding behind the couch and understands that he is waiting there for the “Magic Powers” to heal him like it healed all of the animals that have gotten sick or injured. He also tells Kenny that if it wasn’t for him, Joetta would have gone back into the church and might have died. Byron even lets Kenny cry with his head in his lap instead of telling him to shut up and to go away. Byron closed the the bathroom door so no one else could see him cry.
Have you ever been so ashamed of who you are associated with, that you push them past their own physical limits for your own good? In the short story, The Scarlet Ibis, by James Hurst makes you think about what is truly from the goodness of the brother character’s heart or if he is just being selfish. Ever since Doodle was born, he had no hope from anyone. Brother was the first one to look past his disabilities and see that he had the potential to be normal. Although Brother has to care for Doodle and teach him how to walk, run, swim, and row, it was only because he was sick of giving all of his personal time to the little disabled boy who could not walk.
When Elie 's father got very ill the soldiers stopped giving him food so Elie shared half of his food with his father. The food was barely enough for one person and now he had to share with his father. As the days went on his father got worst and Elie knew his father would die soon. Elie know in the camp it was every man for themselves and the thought of sharing his food and its all being wasted keeps coming into his head. One of the other Jews advised him he should stop giving his father food and should keep it for him to stay strong and survive.
Candy is and old man who relies on his dog to act as a companion. Many times it is seen in the novel that he is lonely, and as he sits in his bunk, he does not speak a word to anyone else. As the days go on many of the men in the shack told Candy that his dog “ain’t no good to you Candy. An’ he ain’t no good to himself” (44). Candy is crushed by what the men say, but agree that the only thing he has left from his past needs to die now.