Mathias Aagaard Christensen 1.U Roskilde katedralskole B The Death of Tommy Grimes The text “The Death of Tommy Grimes” is about the eleven-twelve year old boy Tommy and his father. The story starts of in medias res where we hear about Tommy later in the story, and we get no introduction here. We get the introduction few sentences later in a flashback, where we hear about Tommy’s father trying to instruct Tommy in his shooting skill, but at this moment Tommy just can not pull the trigger. Tommy starts practicing his increasing shooting ability while his father teaches him about hunting, and how the nature cycle, in a metaphorical way, works on earth. In the end of the story, Tommy and his ...view middle of the document...
Before he was out, now he is in. Seen from our perspective, what he did was wrong, but this boy has never heard anything else, than black people are varmints and cannot do anything but damage; therefore they need to be killed. This is why it is unfair to judge him, for the reason that he does not know better.
The title of the story is very expressive, and turns out to be sarcastic when you have finished the reading. The title, “The Death of Tommy Grimes” gives before you have read the text, a very clear hint of what you can expect of the action, but you realize afterwards that in physical sense, it is the
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Mathias Aagaard Christensen 1.U Roskilde katedralskole complete opposite that actually happens. The title is almost certainly meant in a more psychological way, including Tommy’s father’s quotation, “Tommy, dammit, a man always dies a little when he kills something”. The title is probably meant in the sense that when someone kills something, they loos all their humaneness and ethical respect, and therefore, in a metaphorical way dies. Tommy’s action is so terribly wrong that in some way all his humanity is gone, and only a cold blooded killer is left. This is a little harsh to say in this specific...