Beat Not The Poor Desk Essay

759 Words Nov 8th, 2015 4 Pages
Although authority may seem tough, we learn from three sources that power has the decision to be whatever it wants, including compassionate. We will explore this position through three pieces of text including, “Beat Not the Poor Desk” by Marie Ponsot and Rosemary Deen, “The Prodigal Son” by Aesop and “Stockings” by Tim O’brien. Making connections to each piece, the goal is to reference one another on a common theme. In the short story text, “Beat Not the Poor Desk” by Marie Ponsot and Rosemary Deen, we learn how in every parable one character holds authority. According to these women, “That character has authority because of where he stands.” The explanation here is that, without conflict there would be no parable, and in order to resolve the situation there needs to be a character or situation that provides authority. This character not only fixes the dilemma but demonstrates to the audience the point of view in which the story will take place. Connecting to Ponsot and Deen, in the ancient story “The Prodigal Son” by Aesop, we read “ 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’" The character with authority here, the father, comes from a family of wealth, and prodigy. He owns lots of land and servants too- which puts him higher on the scale of power. In another sense, he is the father of two boys which gives him and different type of…

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