If you had the chance to have any three wishes granted, what would you wish for? In the stories ‘What of This Goldfish’ and ‘The Fisherman and His Wife’ two men were given a certain amount of wishes. Of course, the wishes came with consequences, and the characters had to have had a reason to wish of these wishes. The stories are similar and yet different in many interesting ways, and are both overflowing with hidden themes and morals. The characters of both stories made some good and bad choices for their wishes; wouldn't you! In the fictional short story ‘What of This Goldfish, Would you wish’, Sergei Goralick, a Russian hermit living in Jaffa, was fishing on one of his valued late night fishing trips, when he caught a magical goldfish that granted him three wishes. He uses his first two wishes in order to help his friends, but is hesitant to use his last. Sergei knows that when he uses his third wish, he has to let his goldfish, who is now his best friend, free. One day, a boy named Yonatan comes to Sergei's home, and asks him questions about what …show more content…
Some similarities are small, like the magic talking fish; but others, like the underlying motivation to be happy, are very important to the morals of the stories. Both Sergei and the fisherman want to be happy, Sergei wants to be happy alone on quite fishing trips, while the fisherman wants to be happy with his wife. The morals, even though they are tied together, are fairly different. For example, the theme of ‘What of This Goldfish, Would you wish’, doing the right thing, no matter the cost, is not the same as be grateful, which is the theme of ‘The Fisherman and His Wife’. Other differences include: the consequences, setting, and major character motivations. While the similarities are smaller, like the considerate personalities shared between the main characters of both
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As the sun rises on the Great Plains, the rays gently touch Iktomi’s eyes, waking him up. Iktomi is dressed the part of a Lakota Brave, but inside he does not act the part of a Lakota Brave. He is a trickster; self-absorbed, vain and dishonest, eventually driving away any friendly smile come to be his friend. Navigating the Plains alone, he has become an outcast and constantly makes silly decisions further adding to his infamous reputation.
With the wife also displaying similar brown lines on her body, the comparison between the fish and the wife is shown with a sense of similar feelings of distress in their current situations. The narrator is able to feel sympathy towards the female fish because she can sense her fear of being cornered and a need to hide herself from the male. Just like the female fish, the narrator is going through a similar situation with her husband, in that the narrator felt belittled by her husband and a need to hide herself from him when he would be in one of his moods. For example, the birth of their daughter, they had different views on childbirth. The wife wanted to do a water birth because she heard it was a better for the baby, but she didn't argue for it because she
Both novels share many similarities along in addition to many differences allowing for an
They are also similar because they both betray the characters with help of others (Biography.com Editors). The two characters and their counterparts have much in common and this is why their stories are thought to be much similar as
Also, the fish represent the obstacles that one may face while trying to reach their goal and shaping their ability to achieve it. This ultimately challenges them to decide whether to accept the task and grow or abandon their dreams by giving up. The girl’s the environment around her influenced her hard work ethic and her decision to have patience to accomplish her
How do relationships with others show our true personality? The way we communicate with others, views how people see us. In the story “ What of this Goldfish do you wish?” by Etgar Keret’s. Shirley Jackson’s “ The Lottery” and Diane Glancy’s “ Without Title”.
In Collection 1: Ourselves and Others, the stories, texts, and media we covered were all about interacting with each other. In the texts that we have read I concluded from it that people will and want to interact with people. In “What, of This Goldfish, Would You Wish?” Sergei Goralick wanted the goldfish as company and to interact with it.
These novels were similar because they both took place in Germany during the Holocaust, and both of the families in the story hid a Jewish person with them to prevent them from being sent to concentration camps. Also, the protagonists in each story were both young girls who were naïve and not fully aware of the war going on around them. In their eyes, if nothing bad was happening to their direct family, life was good. However, in
In This Goldfish, Would You Wish, Sergei withholds bringing a boy, Yonaton, back from the dead so he can keep the fish as company. In The Fisherman and His Wife, the fisherman's wife,IIsebill, wanted to selfishly have whatever the next best thing was, even when she had it good already. In both text, the three wishes are used in the same manner, but for different
Although, they have similarity, the two stories has major differences also. First, both author differs the way they introduce and develop their lead characters to the reader. Second, they also differ in perspective from which their stories are being told. Third, they differs on the choice of settings and how it impact to the stories.
The novel, The Old Man and the Sea, is a story about an old man, Santiago, who experienced great adversity but did not give up. The author, Ernest Hemingway, describes how an old man uses his experience, his endurance and his hopefulness to catch a huge marlin, the biggest fish he has ever caught in his life. The old man experienced social-emotional, physical, and mental adversity. However, despite the overwhelming challenges, he did not allow them to hold him back but instead continued to pursue his goal of catching a fish with determination. Santiago’s character, his actions and the event in the novel reveals an underlying theme that even when one is facing incredible struggles, one should persevere.