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The Prasely Garden Essay

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“The Parsley Garden
William Saroyan”


















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Conflict- There are two main conflicts in The Parsley Garden. One involves Al Condraj and the two shopkeepers while the other centers around Al Condraj’s battle with himself. When Al attempts to steal the hammer and is caught by the younger man, they quickly begin fighting. "The boy brought the hammer out of his pocket and handed it to the young man, who said, ‘I ought to hit you over the head with it, that’s what I ought to do’" (Saroyan 1). As the tension rises the two men decidedly let the boy go with only a warning, furthermore the boy is humiliated. This humiliation results in Al Condraj battle with himself. He feels he cannot do a simple task such as stealing a hammer, which he would use to build something for his house. He wanted to do it without the help of his mother, without having to ask for money from the poor old woman. He battles through the trauma of feeling humiliated and shamed, and feels his self-worth plummeting. "Then, crushed and confused and now bitterly ashamed of himself [Al Condraj], first for having stolen something, then for having been caught, then for having been humiliated" (Saroyan 2). Angry with himself, Al Condraj returns to the shop to finish what he started. However, he can’t bring himself to do it, leaving him in even greater self-pity. "[...] Then for not having guts enough to go back and do the job right" (Saroyan 2).

Characters- The protagonist of The Parsley Garden was Al Condraj. His goal was to steal the hammer but his attempts of thievery are foiled by the antagonist Mr. Clemmer, the old man who owns the hardware store, Woolworths.
Stock- The young man, Al Condraj's mother, Johnny Gale, Leeza Ahboot, (Ondro & Pete Wawchek).

Theme- I believe the theme of The Parsley Garden is, the right actions result in the rewards. This is because when Al Condraj attempts to steal the hammer, and fails, he is punished. Though the consequences were not dire, the boy still understands what he has done wrong. With this he makes the right choice, and rather than attempting to steal the hammer once again, he decides to be a better person and work around the store to earn the hammer. This concludes that when he makes the right decisions it will result in the rewards you desire.

Setting- The Parsley Garden takes place in Frenso California, in mid-August, in what I believe was around the early 60’s. With my knowledge I understand that in the early 60s 10 cents was a lot of money. Therefor the story most likely takes place in an uprising country, such as America. At the time, immigrants were slowly populating the nation. In the 1960s most immigrants were departing from Latin America and Asia. Al's mother spoke broken English, which is most likely due to immigration from a foreign country such as Latin America or Asia, where they speak different languages. I believe this takes place in a smaller town, where small businesses such as hardware stores, did not have much...

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