In the story “The Wallet” by Andrew McCuaig, a woman named Elaine works in a toll booth, which she takes a co-worker’s money and hands it to a woman whom Elaine believes is in need. I believe Elaine’s actions were justified, though not by the court of law. Elaine had been harassed by a co-worker at her job named Troy, who had left his wallet, only to return half an hour later and “deliberately rubbed his body up against hers as he retrieved the wallet instead of just standing at the door and asking her to hand it to him”. He then made awkward small talk, and he “raised his wallet in a salute, said good-bye and good luck, and rubbed past her again”. It appears as if Troy is making unnecessary advances toward Elaine, who is clearly not interested in him. Many would agree that Troy is …show more content…
It appears as if Elaine wanted to help this woman out, but she “killed two birds with one stone” by helping her using Troy’s money. Because Troy was very lecherous, Elaine wanted payback. But it is obvious, in the woman’s description in paragraphs four and seven, that she was in need of help. The woman “looked straight ahead, her face hidden by strings of brown hair, both hands locked tight on the wheel”. This could possibly be how the woman reacted to a situation which caused her grief, anger, shock, or distress. And in paragraph seven, when the woman turned to face Elaine, she noticed her “bleary eyes and splotched face”. She also had “an ugly gash below one eye and the skin around it had swollen up and turned purple”. There also seemed to be “an older scar on her nose, and dried blood in the corner of her mouth”. I believe that the woman had been beaten more than once, and she was recently beaten before she arrived at Elaine’s toll booth. This may be the cause of her distress, and perhaps the reason Elaine wanted to help once she saw the woman’s
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I mean, what kind of person does not even stop to check on someone that she just hit? If you ask me, she would be the worst kind of person on the face of this already rotted, cruel and selfish world.’ What is your relationship with the victim? I am Myrtle’s neighbor, and what’s concerned and annoyed me is that Myrtle and George are having a complicated relationship for a while.
Through the second half of the second chapter of Their Eyes Were Watching God, Nanny’s story of being born into slavery and later her brutal assault, rape, and birth of her daughter Leafy -- Janie’s mother -- as a product of the assault of her white master is revealed. Nanny hoped for her daughter Leafy to live a life of freedom and become a successful school teacher, however she is raped at her won school and succumbed to alcoholism. Because of Nanny’s past trauma, an everlasting mark and instinct is left in her worldview which accounts for why she feels the need to have a plan set out for Janie’s life. Nanny strives to provide Janie with protection from a world full of racism and mistreatment of black men and women in which Nanny experienced first hand. Nanny hits Janie not from a place of hate or hollowness of heart, but rather from a place of fear: fear that Janie will grow up to experience the racism and hatefulness of the world that Nanny experienced.
“I was told that this inquiry was being made, and my reaction was the same as when I tried to join the Girl Scouts. I was apologetic for imposing such a burden” (122). At this point, the author has clearly manipulated the reader into feeling indignant at Jeanne’s treatment and the various injustices she is bearing. Again, the sedate tone sparks the reader into wanting to act. However, Jeanne just feels sorry.
Victims also have a hard time leaving because they believe that the abuse will stop because her partner truly loves them. Also, the victims often overlook the abuse because they believe it is a result of their significant other being upset.. Her satisfaction was to not way and for the victims to remove themselves from the situation as soon as possible and end the relationship. The visualization she left for her audience was that if the victims don’t get out, they can possibly die. Which usually comes next after months of beatings and other abuse.
In the story, Myrtle runs out into the road shouting at the yellow car that Daisy was driving. The text says, “She rushed out out into the dusk waving her arms. Before he could move the business was over.”(137) This may show to us that Myrtle put herself in the situation herself by running in front of a moving car. Earlier in the story the text says, “Her eyes were fixed, wide with jealous terror, not on Tom, but Jordan Baker, whom she took to be his wife.
Melinda is raped by an older boy at a party the summer before her freshman year of high school. The impacts of this event are socially and psychologically devastating for Melinda. Her declining mental health renders her physically unable to speak about being raped over the summer. She is unable to cope with her trauma, and forced to suffer alone. However, she eventually becomes empowered to speak up for herself and about her experience.
The negligence of women doing nothing about sexual abuse and incest. Her aunty Val brining all those boyfriends around that sexually abuse Bernice (p.182). She refused to go back to her uncle Larry’s place, yet no one asked why (p.12). Valene herself is guilty of poor parenting that cause Bernice to end up in foster care (p.183). it calls for concern as to how they attend to their issues to in turn help
This makes the reader feel disturbed because of the stark contrast. As we know Elsie to be Deborah’s sister, and the Hospital of the Negro Insane to be very discriminatory, disgust turns to pity or Elsie. This pity also carries over to Deborah, who has to hear, and bear, this terrible news. In this, Skloot gracefully developed her pathos appeal and a sense of pity and distress in the reader. While at the Hospital for the Negro Insane, Skloot finds a Washington Post article on the Hospital for the Negro Insane, where Elsie had lived for the majority of her life.
Early in the morning Cheryl is found beaten and unconscious. When her older sister April Raintree is informed she is told that Cheryl had a concussion, been highly intoxicated and had showed signs of being beaten. “When she came in she was highly intoxicated. “What about the concussion you mentioned?” it does appear she may have been beaten.”
“She said that sexual assault was a crime of perception. “If you don’t think you’re hurt, then you aren’t (Walls 184).” Rosemary makes Jeannette feel like she is insignificant to her and doesn’t make the effort to stick up for her child. At this point, Jeannette must feel worthless to her mother, bringing her self-esteem to a low.
She had to take matters into her own hands and she was well aware of that. After putting her foot down in front of her parents, she made a decision,“... the next day I’d go to G.C. Murphy and buy a pink plastic piggy bank I’d seen there. I’d put in the seventy-five dollars I had managed to save while working at Becker’s Jewel Box. It would be the beginning of my escape fund” (Walls 221). This continued, as she worked multiple jobs and poured her savings into the piggy bank for New York.
At this point, Jeannette was living in Welch and started experiencing physical bullying at school. Her mother’s belief in peace and Jeannette’s fear of his dad “ show[ing] up at school snockered and mak[ing] things worse”, convinced her to do nothing about the situation and accepted the kicks and punches from the other girls. Before seeing the dog and the kid, Jeannette at times hoped to befriend Dinitia, the school bully leader. She believed that behind all of Dinitia’s actions there was a child that had “some good”. Jeannette never acted belligerent towards the bullies, instead she would answer with Martin Luther King’s reference.
Unfortunately, even though Ms. Hilly’s help worked hard and did as they were told, she still did not give them the light of day. To put it simply, Ms. Hilly did not see colored people as equals. For example, “’All these houses they’re building without maid’s quarters? It’s just plain dangerous. Everybody knows they carry different kinds of diseases than we do...
This internal conflict Mabel faces shows that society has drilled into her that a poor single woman can not make it on her own. Mabel would rather be dead than be pitied and whispered about everywhere she goes. Later in the story, after Dr. Ferguson rescues Mabel from drowning she asks if he loves her. Dr. Ferguson has an internal conflict with himself wondering how he could be falling in love with her. The narrator says “When he rescued her and restored her, he was a doctor, and she was his patient.