People need People Essay

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People need People

utation came to her house for her taxes, Faulkner describes how the house and Ms. Emily
looks. "only Miss Emily's house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above
the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps-an eyesore among eyesores", this statement
explains how the house gives off such a depressing mood. "Her skeleton was small and
spare;", this line shows us how her appearance showcases death also.

When Ms. Emily was younger, her deceased father used to force away all the young men that
was in love with her. The summer after her father death, she fell in love with a Yankee by
the name of Homer Barron. Everyone in the town was whispering about their relationship and
wondering if they were married. After a while they stop seeing Homer and decided that they
got married. The townspeople then proceeds by saying that Ms. Emily then died a while
after. They didn't know she was sick.

After they buried her, they knew that there was one room that wasn't opened. So after they
decently buried her they went to see upon the room. When they opened the room they was
greeted by great amounts of dust. They also explain that the "room decked and furnished as
for a bridal: upon the valance curtains of faded rose color, upon the rose-shaded lights,
upon the dressing table, upon the delicate array of crystal and the man's toilet things
backed with tarnished silver, silver so tarnished that the monogram was obscured." They
also saw a man's collar, tie, suit, shoes, and discarded socks. "Then shockingly, laying
right there in the bed was the man. For a long while we just stood there, looking down at
the profound and fleshless grin. The body had apparently once lain in the attitude of an
embrace. What was left of him, rotted beneath what was left of the nightshirt, had become
inextricable from the bed in which he lay; and upon him and upon the pillow beside him lay
that even coating of the patient and biding dust. Then we noticed that in the second
pillow was the indentation of a head. One of us lifted something from it, and leaning
forward, that faint and invisible dust dry and acrid in the nostrils, we saw a long strand
of iron-gray hair."








Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin

Frequently anthologized, James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues" tells the story of two brothers
who come to understand each other. More specifically, it highlights, through its two main
characters, the two sides of the African-American experience. The narrator has assimilated
into white society as much as possible but still feels the pain of institutional racism
and the limits placed upon his opportunity. Conversely, Sonny has never tried assimilate
and must find an outlet for the deep pain and suffering that his status as permanent
outsider confers upon him. Sonny channels his suffering into music, especially bebop jazz
and the blues, forms developed by African-American musicians. "Sonny's Blues" was first
published in 1957 and was collected in Baldwin's 1965 book, Going to Meet the Man.

The story also has biblical implications. Baldwin became a street preacher early in his
life, and religious themes appear throughout his writings. In "Sonny's Blues," Baldwin
uses the image from the book of Isaiah of the "cup of trembling" to symbolize the
suffering and trouble that Sonny has experienced in his life. At the end of the story,
while Sonny is playing the piano, Sonny's brother watches a barmaid bring a glass of
Scotch and milk to the piano, which "glowed and shook above my brother's head like the
very cup of trembling." As Sonny plays, the cup reminds his brother of all of the
suffering that both he and Sonny have endured. His brother finally understands that it is
through music that Sonny is able to turn his suffering into something worthwhile.


The Greatest Man in the World by Thurber

the time is 1937, Jack Smurch accepts the challenge to be the first person to fly solo
around the world without stopping. Reporters track down the story of his life, and find
that those who know him, including his mother, view him as a rotten apple. Smurch succeeds
in his flight, but the powers-that-be realize the pilot is too balky and unpresentable to
be made into a national hero, so they dispose of him. Once safely dead, the young lout can
be made into a hero fit for public consumption.


The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Le Guin
She leads off taking us through a beautifully constructed utopian society, called Omelas,
asking periodically, if we agree or disagree with her construction of that society. The
citizens are happy and joyous, rejoicing in the pristine eloquence of the city they
created. They have no enemies, no military, no crime, and no guilt. A child appears half
way into the story. The child is a martyr and the child is necessary for Omelas's economy,
happiness, and existence. We can almost place a religious type figure like Jesus Christ in
place of the child in this story. This single child suffers for the benefit of the whole.
This is similar to Christ's suffering on the cross for all of our sins. In order for us to
understand the story, we must delve deeply into Le Guin's symbolism of the martyr child
and discover what exactly she is suggesting to us.

"It is because of the child that they are so gentle with children," and the child's room
contains two mops and a bucket, which possibly indicates two mops which could make up a
cross and the bucket which could be the holy grail (406). The child is "afraid of the
mops." The narrator says that the child finds the mops "[…] horrible. It shuts its eyes,
but it knows the mops are still there" (406). Many depictions of Jesus on the cross in
films have that famous scene where he doubts his destiny, and closes his eyes and
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