Grain of Manhood Essay

769 Words Oct 4th, 2008 4 Pages
Grain of Manhood how does the title relate to the story?

A baby is born amongst the stars. This baby is the grain of manhood in two men's lives; or a man and an aliens. James, a human man, incapable of making a child is given his grain of manhood. A child born with his own features. Kolanddro, an alien, is man enough to give up his son for the happiness of the woman who gave birth to the boy. The baby itself is the grain of manhood, and will be in two men's hearts for the rest of his life. Part human part Nevid, he gave two men hope and happiness.

"There are at least three people on Axtu besides us who know I am sterile." (page 200) A sterile man, in his own eyes, is not much of a man. He is unable to give life, yet his
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Though he is not a true "man", he is capable of giving Lela what she wanted; A baby. Kolanddro helps Lela while she is living on his planet. He gives her food, shelter and protection. When Lela declared that she wanted to leave, he allowed her to; even though she was carrying her son. What Lela did not know thought, was that Kolanddro decided to make his child look like James, and not himself. One would have to be a real man to let his only son go like that, and in the form of another being; a human. Even though Kolanddro is not a man, he gains a "grain of manhood" by doing this. He gains a grain of manhood by giving up his only son, for Lela's happiness.

The baby, Kolanddro's only son, is now in the care of two humans. Though he is just a newborn, he gives two men what they needed. Without him, they would just be a Nevid, and a human unable to create a child. He is the result of a crashed ship, but in the end he means more to three people than he will ever know. He is probably the only child who is loved on Earth and on Nev, though Kolanddro would never admit it. This small gift of life ties two people together, who could have fallen apart, Lela and James. He will be their life from now on, this small grain of manhood.

The title relates to the story in three ways: through Kolanddro, through James, and through the baby. Both Kolanddro and James gain a grain of manhood back when the baby is born, therefore the baby acts as a grain of

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