Pity and Terror Juxtaposition
I wonder to myself, did he pity the buck, or was he in terror first? How could we associate pity with terror, or terror with pity, or just the comparison between the two words. They are emotions that we, as humans, experience, but I am starting to wonder if the boy is written to be new of these feelings. Perhaps to be a ruler, you would need to conquer the world, and the same with emotions. Like how all previous rulers would say, don’t let your emotions get in the way of your conscience. Because once you experience these emotions, you become vulnerable to change, and it could mean losing your original goal. In this case, would pity overcome terror
It is a reflection of what used to be there, something that happened to only become an empty sound. “And for minutes he stood there, shouting and singing,” was it to create an imitation of what once was there, or, was it to test his own existence? The odd thing was that this echo who is supposed to be a revertebration of him , isn’t actually him? The question would be, who? It emerged to me that this could either be a symbolization of growth, or the opposite, change.
Whispering Ants Personification
Personification is putting human characteristic on something non human. To me, it helps readers relate to something inanimate if there is human nature added to it. At first hearing the word ant, you can find some comparison here and there, but ultimately we can’t relate to something Thant we aren’t. In the beginning, we learn that he believes he can control the world, but near the end, the boy himself, discovers that it is only to a certain extent. The ants represents the dark mind, when it whispers, we believe it’s judgements. Although ants don’t realize that there is a actually a young kid in front of them, we can preceive that these ants probably see him as a mount of flesh to be eaten, just like how the buck had been. He, who we all believed was just a kid at start, became a person who has accept that dying is a part of living
Water and Diamond Metaphor
Like the saying goes, diamonds are a girls best friend. But the real question is, why is a piece of stone, placed more valuable than something that we all need in order to survive? Is it because of the origin? Or the person who picked it? Or the glistening of it? Our bodies without water will only last about 8-10 days, meanwhile without diamonds, I’m pretty sure that we can all last a whole lifetime, except for maybe those who are really desperate. Like any other rocks or stones in our yards, what makes this one more special? This concept of placing value on things that are actually free, provided by the earth to begin with is shown through the ideas that Lessing’s have used. Water is an essential part to every living organism, even the boy realizes it that he is no exception to this fact.
“His clothes were soaked with the sweat of that of other’s creature pain” Metaphor
Debating if he shall or shouldn’t end the life of the deer by the sound of his gun has brought upon a new perspective into view. If he doesn’t kill the buck, he will be considered a selfish being, only caring about his own self needs and not of that of the bucks pain, but if he were to kill the buck, what would become of him, a hunter who kills animals on the verge of dying? The recognition that this buck was just like him, living only a few hours ago, has brought the feeling of empathy as he was the one who was alive and well, not dying. All in all, the bucks pain became his own as he begins to realize the truths about living.