The story had me intrigued by the different directions it could take you, but it all made sense in the end, and I discovered you sometimes have to dig a little deeper to find the whole truth about someone. Peyton Farquhar, a plantation owner in his mid-thirties, is being prepared for execution by hanging from an Alabama railroad bridge during the American Civil War. Farquhar, a supporter of the Confederacy, learns from a soldier that Union troops have seized the Owl Creek railroad bridge and repaired it. The soldier suggests that Farquhar might be able to burn the bridge down if he can slip past its guards. Farquhar, loyal to the
To avoid his men going against him, “Odysseus does not tell his men of Circe’s last prophecy-that he will be the only survivor of their long journey,” (Homer 716-719). Odysseus’s dishonesty admitted that lying can get you to progress to where you want to be. To get his men motivated, Odysseus did not tell his crew that only he will survive the journey. Instead, Odysseus lied by getting their hopes up of returning home, when in the end he knows that they will not make it back. In order to achieve his objective, he did this to avoid losing everything but to obtain the significant help of his men.
Grant does not know Jefferson, but for him to stand for so long just to get an audience with the sheriff is heroic in its own way. A hero would not accept defeat even if the one he is helping is already defeated, in this case sentenced to death. Another instance where Grant acts heroically is when he prohibits Reverend Ambrose from taking away the radio he got for Jefferson. Grant argues that “Jefferson needs something in that cell.” (Gaines, 181) and defends the one thing that Jefferson has actually reacted positively to. Jefferson become so intrigued by the radio that he refused to acknowledge Miss Emma and the
That if he can free his hands, he will be able to escape and reach his family that is far beyond the Union’s borders (Bierce 2). This thought brings Peyton joy and hope after he once thought that he had non. The main character in “The Red Convertible” also comes to this joyous state after he goes on a trip with his younger brother. “‘You’re crazy too,’ I say, to jolly him up. ‘Crazy Lamartine boys!’ He looks as though he will take this the wrong way at first.
Tom was a happily married man who was cripple from a cotton gin accident so obviously, he could not have done it. Because this cause was brought to a courthouse full of white men by a white man showed that Tom had lost the fight before it even started. Just because he was a black was the reason it went to a trial. They were no witnesses, not even a case, and no evidence against Tom. The Ewells had a made a fake case to make a statement and because a black man was living better than a white man was in this day in age.
In Night, even after Elie’s loss of faith, innocence, and family, he never gives up. In the end, he is drastically changed from his experiences but he has hope in his future because he manages to carry on. Ultimately in The Alchemist, Santiago learns that change is necessary for success and that he must overcome his own fears. In addition, he learns that his heart and soul are just little pieces of the Soul of the World. Both of these books convey the message that hope provides a person the strength and the will to
This is illuminated when the Alchemist says, “‘There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure’” (141). This particular moment shows that even though Santiago has both the ability and the knowledge to achieve his dream, it is impossible to attain it if he fears even attempting to reach it. Consequently, this fear acts as his enemy and a barrier that stands in the way of the meaningful and happy life he is destined to accomplish. Furthermore, another one of his fears is the fear of losing what he believes he has already earned. ”He reminded himself that he had been a shepherd and that he could be a shepherd again.
In relation to Santiago’s development, this scene tells readers he was trying to find his own identity. He didn’t want his parents to make the choice of how he should live his life. He wanted to do what he thought was better for him, which was shepherding instead of being a priest. This scene is important because this is when Santiago learns how important it is to believe in his dreams. By him understanding his Personal Legend he now understands why it is he keeps having this dream.
“What justice would there be to take this life? Justice, gentleman? Why, I would just as soon put a hog in the electric chair as this.” (Gaines 8). In the novel, A Lesson Before Dying, Jefferson’s attorney focuses his entire defense on the basis that Jefferson was too stupid to plan a robbery or murder. He goes as far as to compare Jefferson to a hog and refer to him as “that.“ This was common at the time; white men saw black men only as slaves even though the war had ended years before.
Turner felt compelled to do this on his own free will. Not many slaves that have a chance of freedom would voluntarily return. When you carefully examine the magnitude of his actions, you understand his ability to command a crowd. How many prisoners do you think might escape, enjoy the taste of freedom, and voluntarily return to captivity, zero. Nat returned because he felt he had deserted those who believed in him and depended on his leadership .Nat’s word, his bond and what people thought of him, meant more than his individual freedom.