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In the stories that we have read, the writers present, main characters whom either conform to or rebel against their society. Compare and contrast the presentation of these characters. To what extent do the characters successfully manage their situations?

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In the stories that we have read, the writers present, main characters whom either conform to or rebel against their society. Compare and contrast the presentation of these characters. To what extent do the characters successfully manage their situations? The three stories that I will study are; The poor relations story by Charles Dickens, Twenty six men and a girl by Maxim Gorky and The unexpected by Kate Chopin. The three things do seem to have a thing in present. All the main characters seem to be pressured or are being victimised by their traditional values, and struggle to break free. In the poor relations story, the main character (Michael) is being pressured to live up to his uncle, and families' ideas. In twenty six men and a girl the twenty six men are being kept, almost hostage is their pretzel factory. In the unexpected, it appears that Dorothea is being kept hostage by that times given 'role' of women. In all the stories it appears the characters try and 'escape' from their situations. This depression would not make a good short story, nor a good life for the main characters, so they try to break free. In The poor relations story the main character Michael cannot take all the persecution he is taking, so he escapes into a world where he has the best life possible. ...read more.

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They say, ''Like all human beings, we were unable to live without worshipping at least something. Until comes a soldier, Who dared to take her from them" It came clear to the men their idol may fall... In the unexpected the main enemy of Dorothea, is the role of women at the time of her life. When she meets the 'man of her dreams' she can't wait to get married. She calls him very handsome in her own way when she describes the painting of him... Until he comes back ill and is completely different. Then she decides to do something you'd never expect. The main character in Dickens' story is quite a weird one. He appears to be have withdrawed from the rest of society, but we are not told much of Michaels looks, just his behaviour... However he appears to think everyones his friend, "I am no ones enemy but my own ... They seem to have nothing to do in their poor miserable lives, but worship Tanya. We are also not told much about the twenty six men, but we are informed of their pale and miserable lives, and their poor state. In the unexpected, Dorothea appears to be very down to earth. She is very traditional at first, being as any lover would, but when her lover returns she appears to be a completely different woman. ...read more.

Conclusion

He loses his wife to his partner in business, he loses his uncles love, and he loses his job... But he still rebels... by imagining his life is as good as possible. He wants to get away from his problems, and no matter what happens to him he'll always fall into his dream world. I believe it's OK unless he realises that his life has been wasted, and his illusion is shattered. I think he wishes he could be 'normal'. He appears sad that his beloved Michael might turn out like himself. The twenty six men delude themselves and their disappointing lives by idolising Tanya... they seem to try and give all their love and devote their lives to her, giving them a reason to live at all. Their fragile and fake relationship with her makes them blind to see the truth, and when they test her- and she fails, it appears they can't cope. They all blame her and lose their only aim in life- So there temporary rebellion was shattered, leaving them worse of then before. Dorothea appears to lead the strongest rebellion, as hers is a physical one. She appears to realise her love was skin deep, and when the skin is removed... Even money can't win her. She won't marry him for the money so she cuts off the relationship- but who knows what percussions this may have, however at least she may have avoided unhappiness, and successfully rebelled to complete her aim. ...read more.

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