A Small Good Thing Analysis

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Ultimate Control Results in Ultimate Danger
All three stories differed in many aspects, but they all shared one common theme. Their common theme connected them in ways that shaped each story and left the reader with a memorable lesson. “Harrison Bergeron”, “A Rose for Emily” and “A Small Good thing” all shared a common theme of dangerous control because they all had different means of “taking away of personal freedoms.”
Harrison Bergeron” told a story of a society where everyone was equal. Nobody was allowed to more intelligent, more attractive or more successful than anybody else. “All this equality was due to the 211th,212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution and the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper
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The author gave off the vibe that Emily was an outsider. Emily was always isolated and the only form of humanization the author gave to the reader was her relationship and love for Homer. Emily’s attachment to Homer is so evident that it makes the reader question Emily’s sanity when Homer goes missing and is later found in her home, dead. The author tells us that, “ Homer himself had remarked-he liked men” (page 4, 4) and judging by Emily’s mysterious air, the reader begins to believe that she was not happy about this. The people in her neighborhood also became curious because “after her sweetheart went away, people hardly saw her at all” (page 1, 85). So she may have taken complete control of Homer and kept him in her home until he died to express her need for affection and control. Emily’s controlling behavior is also seen through her lifestyle. She keeps to herself and never associates with others. If there is one thing a person can have complete control of, it is their life, and Emily did it. She took complete control. Although Emily was always in control, was she ever truly happy? Did trying to control everything ever allow her to be contempt with her life? Most readers will reply that it did not, and trying to control everything just caused her to live a desolate, depressed

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