"Appling, The Good Example"
In the short story "Open Winter", by H. L. Davis, one of the many themes deals with
responsibility. One of the main characters in "Open Winter" named old Appling, who is a
sixty-year-old man, perfectly defines responsibility through his good examples from
beginning to end. Appling did everything from feeding the horses with his own hay to
crossing them through a river just to get his job done. However, the view on
responsibility in today's society has greatly changes over the years.
Many people now days feel that responsibility is an oppressive burden. Most of us lead
very busy, often hectic, lives. Relentless pressures of modern-day living require that we
put forth-constant effort just to keep pace. Husbands and fathers must meet pressing
obligations to their families, employers, and others. Wives and mothers must look after
the household needs of their families and often have to work secularly. Young people also