Manly Heart

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A Boy Becomes a Man People can drown in their own arrogance without even knowing, thus making it difficult to get out of the rough waves. In Hugh Garner’s short story, “The Manly Heart”, he reveals the sadness of a mother whose son, Donald, is blinded by his own insecurity. There are constant problems between his inability to be mature, selfless and grateful.

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For the setting, I drew white caps to display the disturbance Donald creates and how awkward the room gets when Donald talks. White caps create tension for boaters like in the story there is a lot of tension between the characters.

It seems this way when “the others didn’t even wish [Donald] goodbye” (p. 42) and illustrates that what could be a peaceful and exciting environment is in fact a troubled atmosphere. A bee is an interesting insect. Its annoying buzzing gets on peoples nerves very easily. It never gets the hint that it’s not wanted until it gets swatted and bashed around. Finally it starts get angry and starts its grand finale and stings. It brings pain and hurt to a person without even a shred of sympathy. Donald easily resembles a bee. He’s not wanted at all while in the dorm room.

He doesn’t know when to stop his childish act and he becomes an annoyance. The characters give Donald the cold shoulder. They are very rude to him because of his behaviour towards his mother. This leads him to open his eyes, slightly, and leads him to think that “they were ashamed of [Donald]” (p. 42) instead of his mother. Donald begins his big finish, his attack and suddenly stings his mother so bad that “she was trying to keep from blubbering…” (p. 42) Donald’s mother is upset and full of pain and no matter how hard she tries, the hurt will never go away.

Donald believes that his mother is his biggest problem when in reality the big problem in his life is his own self. The top hat represents Donald’s wanting to be superior than he actually is. He tells lies to Archie about his family, “like [Donald’s] father being an engineer,” (p. 39) he acts ashamed when really he has no one to be ashamed of but himself. Donald disturbs the harmony of this great celebration, kind of like a tornado. A tornado becomes a disaster in the peace of a wonderful day. It can ruin lives in seconds, sort of like Donald and how he destroys his mother’s day.

The sunny celebration turned into a storm of personalities, lightning portrays this perfectly. The thunder that comes with the lightening shows how dark a storm really is. The lightening, like Donald, easily destroys a great day. Zephyrus, the Greek God of wind,

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