Yvonne Jane Raloso
AB English 2nd yr.
I. What does the story say about human nature as portrayed by the following characteristics?
A.) Abdullah- the Eyes-
There’s a saying “it is when I am weak that I am strong”. And that phrase can be matched to Abdullah. Abdullah is an ugly man. But despite of his physical figure, he became strong. Just like anyone, even though we are being discriminated and teased by people, we had the strength to prove that we have what it takes to be respected and became happy. But still, some of us are not contented. Some of us are being selfish. Just like Abdullah in the story of the Eyes.
B.) Mathilde-the Necklace-
Mathilde is a woman who is not satisfied of what she has. Just like everyone, we are not contented of what we have right now. Some of us found happiness in material things. Though we haven’t had enough money, we still find ways just to get what we want. But in the end, we realize that it’s the only thing that pushes our lives to become miserable. Just like what happened to mathilde.
C.) Monsieur Loisel-the Necklace-
We can do anything for our love ones. Just like Monsieur Loisel, he loves his wife so much that he gave up the money he earned to buy a gun. Just like some men. They will do anything for their women. As long as their girl was happy, they will become happy too. Despite of the fact, that they will sacrifice their own happiness.
D.) The Princess-The lady or the tiger-
Women nowadays possessed the characteristics of being self-centered and jealous. Sometimes, they never think of anyone else as long as they are happy. They argue for things that are nonsense. And this story teaches us something about love and jealousy.
E.) The Alchemist-the Birthmark-
Aylmer showed the nature of man by being perfectionist. They want to change their selves just to be perfect. Just like Aylmer, he removed the birthmark. But, in behalf of that he killed his wife. We all possessed perfection; it just came out in our own unique way. But in finding perfection, we never realized that we are already perfect for our own unique way.
F.) Jerry-Through the tunnel-
Boys nowadays are just like Jerry in the story. They act like as if they know everything to prove that they are matured enough. Even though it is dangerous, they will do everything just to make it.
G.) The Physician- God father death-
The physician portrayed the nature of human on being deceitful. People cheat just to gain something for their selves. But the in the end they’ll realize that they hurt themselves at the end.
H.) The Son-I Hate my mother-
The son in the story portrayed some of the children today. Some children underestimate their mother. Most of them do this for the reasons that their mother is not good looking or something. They never respect their parents because of physical appearances. But then in the end they will realize that their parents made every single way just to give everything for their child to live as happy as they can be.
I.) The Mother-I hate my mother-
The mother portrayed every mother in the world. She made every single way to give her son a good life. Despite of what her son is doing to her, she still loves him much as if she would give her last breath for her son. And even though her son pushed her away, she still loved him till the last beat her heart can make. Just like any mother, especially my mother.
J.) Couple-the wooden bowl-
The couple is an example of those children who abandoned their parents after they got a family on their own. They never realize the things their parents go through just to mold them and to make them in what they are now. It is so frustrating to think that some children abandoned their parents anywhere for a reason that they can’t entertain them. The only thing that the old parents need is just the love and care of their own family.
K.) The child-the wooden bowl-
The child portrayed the true nature of a child. Innocent, the characteristic you can find in a child. But behind that, they have the capacity to reprimand the wrong doings of the elders. Just like the child in the story, he opens the eyes of his parents. He made them realized their wrong doings, in an innocent way.
L.) John Q-John Q-
John Q portrayed the real feeling of a father in times when their child is in the case between life and death. Just like a real father, he proved to others that a father must be a father; ready to risk their own life just for the safety of their child.
II. Find a significant object in the story and discuss its symbolism in each story.
A.) The Eyes-
The most significant object in the story is the “Eyes”. It symbolizes the word truth. When you have no eyes you can’t see the real beauty or the truth about things. The eyes show you the answer in every question. In the story, Abdullah never let leelah gain her sight for the reason that maybe Leela might saw what his real figure is. And if Leelah will found out, she might leave Abdullah, and that thing made him afraid to give Leelah the right to gain her sight.
B.) The Necklace-
The most significant object in the story is the “Necklace”. In the story, for me it represents or symbolizes the “pride”. In the story, mathilde wants to look elegant so she wants to wear a diamond necklace; it means she wants to wear her pleasure.
C.) The Lady or the Tiger-
In the story it is the Arena that is the most significant object. It symbolizes justice. It is the one that will judge you if you will be eaten or you’ll marry the lady.
D.) The Birthmark-
The Birthmark is the most significant object in the story. It symbolizes the imperfections in every person. They say that “nobody’s perfect”. But still man find ways just to be perfect, but behind that they ended up hurting someone or their selves.
E.) The Tunnel-
In this story it is the “tunnel” that is the most significant. It symbolizes the problems you must take to prove that you can do everything you want. Just like jerry, he wants to prove something. So he must face the obstacles in his way and that was the tunnel.
F.) God father death-
The most significant object in this story is the “candle”. The candle symbolizes life, if the wax will be melted and the candle will be out, your life will end. Your life will depend on the candle.
G.) I hate my mother-
The most significant object in the story is the Letter. It symbolizes the love of the mother to her son. And it also opens the heart of the son for his mother, but still it’s too late.
H.) The wooden Bowl-
For this story it is the “Wooden Bowl”. It symbolizes the lack of respect of the couple to the father. They treated the old father as if it was a Dog. But in the end they realized their wrong doings because of their child.
I.) John Q-
For this movie, it is the “Heart” that is the most significant object in the story. It symbolizes the love, sacrifice, and love of a father towards his son. John Q made every single way he can to give his son a heart donor. He sacrifices his own reputation and name for the sake of his son. But in the end he achieves his goal to give his son a heart donor.
III. Identify two major conflicts and describe how it occurs in each story
A.) The eyes
1. It is when Abdullah was told by the doctor the time when Leelah was pregnant, that Leelah’s eyes can be cured. But because of Abdullah’s fear of the thing that Leelah might leave him once she see his real figure, he never tell Leelah about it.
-Fight between fear and the truth-
2. It is when Abdullah lied to leelah . Because of the reason that Abdullah never told Leelah about her eyes, Leelah fall down the stairs and that causes her death.