The Child by Tiger

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From most perspectives the human kind can be perceived as pure and good, but the darkness that dwells within all of us awaits to be released. Within Thomas Wolfe’s short story, “The Child by Tiger”, published in 1937, you see the raw exposed face of humans and what we are capable of. Dick Prosser was seen as an honest, intelligent, and religious man, but over his lifetime the demons he allowed in to his life eventually caught up to him. The human conscience is always in an internal struggle to do the right thing, and when our conscience is neglected the evils from within us are freed, with no way of completely returning them back to where they came from.
The choices we make throughout our life mold us; our internal struggle between right and wrong defines who we really are in the end. These choices build our outward appearance toward others and decides how you will be depicted, whether you are looked up to or shamed. Dick Prosser’s life was full of many experiences that helped build him to be a strong and righteous man, but many of the roads he took formed an evil inside him more dangerous than any obvious danger in the world. Dick is introduced to the reader as a loyal, dependable, and honest person; Wolfe even brings up Dick’s bible many times in a way that almost makes you pity him. “On that table there was always just one object: an old bible almost worn out by constant use, for Dick was a deeply religious man.” (25) Wolfe brings up Dick’s religious life to instill in the reader a sense of trust. The same way we would look at Dick before you knew his evil outcome, or look at any religious acquaintance. The family could never have seen the things Dick had planned coming, because of the integrity he appeared to have. There was always just one object on his table, his bible, Wolfe included this as a representation of Dick himself. He only presented what he wanted…...

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