The Snob Analysis

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When it comes to doing what's right; when stuck in a dilemma, how does one conform? Society constantly edging us to submit to external pressures with the fear of being judged even if it might be the wrong decision. Two Fishermen, and The Snob illustrated by Morley Callaghan are both exceptional examples on how societal views and pressures can have an impact on ones actions towards a situation. Whether it's based on your "societal class" by ones assumptions or, even when one gets judged by the way they appear. These two short stories place the protagonists Michael and John in tough situations making them face societal issues. When someone is placed in a situation they can feel uncomfortable, or threatened, which then the human condition acts…show more content…
In the story The Snob, John was burdened with shame by virtue of his secrecy of his father. Slowly coming to light due to his purely immature actions. Yet, he still couldn't overcome his supposition that Grace wouldn't accept his father. Claiming that she would simply " turn up your nose at them, because they've no pretentions." Trying to convince himself that his dad is unworthy and because of that he could be treated un-humanly. Even though his behavior was out of context since his father has proved to cherish since he always "listened attentively". Giving John no right to assume how others appraise his father. While in the story Two Fishermen, Michael finds himself in a floundering situation when Smitty gives him 2 fish that he caught earlier that day which not only symbolizes their comradeship but also the trust Smitty had within Michael. Yet, he still found himself moving back to blend in with the crowd. Feeling the guilt rise to his gullet when people started bombarding objects onto Smitty. Although he had much appreciation for the gray-haired man, Michael still decided to look the other way, as if Smitty would not notice. Nevertheless he still stood in awe betraying his new friend by being a bystander. Much-like the people in the ABC's news segment "What Would You Do?" When the manager refused to…show more content…
Two Fishermen took place in a small rural town back in the middle ages. Exposed by "the blue hills beyond the town...on square patches of farm land." In addition there were two newspapermen waiting by the "gallows." Whereas in the story The Snob, it took place in a more concurrent, modern era demonstrated by the book store where most of the story occurred. Proving that the human nature can be manipulated rather easy. Taking a look at how Smitty wasn't at all the monster-like guy he was portrayed to be but a " The little man, who had an extraordinary gift for story telling" and whom made many quaint faces. Nor, the "snob" Grace, who actually turned out to be a good-natured, warm-hearted young lady. Regardless when they took place, both stories had the occurrence of different types of societal social conflicts; from stereotypes to as simple as their "societal
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