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We See Both the Best and the Worst Aspects of the Man's Character. Discuss.

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Alice Hunt 11F3 19th February 02 IN SECTION 2 WE SEE BOTH THE BEST AND THE WORST ASPECTS OF THE MANS CHARACTER: DISCUSS When Mr. Cathright is an inhabitant of his second island we see a huge range of his feelings and character, but not necessarily the best or worst aspects. In the opening paragraph there is a sense of humility surrounding Mr Cathright, a sense of failure in the thought that he could not make his island function, that he had not been able to achieve what he had wanted, that he had not even come close, but he still has a sense of ambition, a goal that his island can still be achieved. In searching for "an island all of his own: not necessarily to be alone on it, but to make it a world of his own." He must realise that this is only achievable if he owns and is in complete control of the entire island, including both possessions and people. ...read more.


In helping them he is helping the widow by allowing her as his housekeeper, so she can keep some dignity, as few women had respect in jobs, other than in this, on the mainland, 'controlling' role. He again shows the same consciousness and, if you like, niceties, at the birth of his child, he marries "since" she was going to bear his child. When he leaves Flora, the plan has been there since the child was barely formed, but she knows nothing of it, he believes himself to be in a "sort of prison, in humiliation," always "mediating escape". Perhaps these awful communication skills are the root of all his problems, and the root of his solution, to isolate himself so he no longer has to face them, maybe they have haunted him from an early age and this is why he has always loved islands, however much he wants to be the "only egg in the nest that is his island" he can never achieve it, because as the saying goes, "No man is an island." ...read more.


And yet, he gives in once more to the female charm and emotional blackmail. After that he sees his island as "smirched and spoiled", we had finally reached a supposedly "disireless level of Time" however he still had a sacred desire to want for a female. I believe in this chapter, and indeed the entire story we see no good points of Mr Cathright's character. If at one time he had them or not, they now are gone. We see only the bad aspects here, and many of them, all we see is a weak, afraid man, running from a previous nightmare, in everything he does he is too weak to confront the problems he causes himself, too scared, probably a very bright man at one stage, he fails to see that happiness can never be gained from running away from and avoiding your largest fears and troubles. ...read more.

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