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Character Comparison Essay

889 words - 4 pages

Fiction Essay

ENGL 102: Literature and Composition

Summer B 2012


Fiction Essay Thesis and Outline

Money, class and values affect the story as well as the reader.

I. Introduction-“The Destructors” by Graham Greene vs. “The Rocking-Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence.
II. Characterization
a. Character Qualities/Status
1. Paul vs. T
2. Uncle vs. Blackie
3. Hester vs. Old Misery “Thomas”
b. Emotions and Behaviors
1. Paul vs. T
2. Uncle vs. Blackie
3. Hester vs. Old Misery ”Thomas”
III. Closing- overall effect on story and reader

Character Comparison of “The Destructors” and “The Rocking-Horse ...view middle of the document...

Trevor starts out in a well-to-do family and because of the war ends up dropped down to middle class and feels he needs to get even with the world. Other characters in the stories are Uncle Oscar in “The Rocking-Horse Winner” who gives Paul the lucky money to start his life long quest to get his mother out of debt and settle the haunting of the house down. Blackie in “The Destructors” is the character that feeds into Trevor’s destructive nature after getting to know his cunning and wisdom. The final two characters the authors use to incite the values in each story are Hester, Paul’s Mother and Old Misery “Thomas” in “The Destructors”. Hester starts out a very beautiful woman with many advantages but marries for Love and loses that love as her husband is not a great provider as she thought he was. D.H. Lawrence uses a perfect symbol to show the lack of happiness in the house as everyone in it can hear echoes and murmurs of “There must be more money” in the creeks and noises of the house. And Thomas is the kind old grumpy man of which the boys in “The Destructors” demolish his home for no other reason than to do it.
The emotions and the behaviors of the boys in both stories shows that values are learned however, the authors’ uses rather unconventional ways to show these values exist. Paul for example disobeys his mother and nurse at every turn just to get to ride his rocking horse to gain the winning horse knowledge; he even pushes it to the...

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