Social Influence In 'I M A Fool'

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Character: Social Influence In Anderson’s short story, “I’m a Fool,” the narrator is a young man specified to be a “swipe at at a racetrack”, with no formal education. Through a series of events, he meets a young man, Wilbur Wessen, and his sister, Lucy. Upon introducing himself to the two, he lies about his real identity. He decides to appeal to what was socially respectable at the time in order to impress Lucy. It was made pretty obvious throughout the story that his real job and his lack of education were generally frowned upon. In fact, it’s heavily socially disapproved, judging by the reactions of his family. Though it could partly be attributed to him drinking, it is mostly due to what society deemed acceptable at that time that he decides to deceive them. Being a horse dude without a formal education apparently was not what it considered desirable. Thus, he was compelled to lie about his identity, which ended up screwing things up for himself in the long run. However, society shapes the characters in “Everyday Use” in a way that is considerably more profound than in “I’m a Fool”. All …show more content…

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