The short story “The Old Demon,” by Pearl S. Buck and the short story “Top Man,” by James Ramsey Ullman have some comparison similarities in the main characters. The main character for The Old Demon is Mrs. Wang. She is an old China woman from a village. And the main character of Top Man is Martin Nace. Nace was a set on climbing Mount Kalpurtha, (K3). Both Mrs. Wang and Nace were unselfish and compassionate. They have wisdom from a past dangerous experience and try to protect others from the same fate as the ones they had lost previously to these dangers. In the end both main characters gave up their own lives for another and showed leadership.
Nance and Mrs. Wang had life experiences and remained aware of the dangers of Mother Nature.
Mrs. Wang would climb the dike steps everyday after supper to see how high the river had risen. She knew how dangerous it was if the dike broke. It would drown her family and the whole village. She had lost her husband and the father of her children when the dike broke before. Mrs. Wang was going to keep a cautious eye on the river. “She was much more afraid of the river than of the Japanese.” Martin Nace like Mrs. Wang made caution watchful decisions to insure the safety of his climbing team. Nace was able to make wise leadership decisions because of his previous climbing experience. Even though his adversary, a young climber named Osborn would fight him to move forward after a snowstorm hit, Nace said, “It’s firm down here because the sun hits only two hours a day. Up above it gets the sun twelve hours. It may not have frozen yet.” Nace shows his care for safety and his experience with nature. Nace lost a friend and fellow climber on the same Mountain (K3) in a previous climb.
Martin Nace and Mrs. Wang showed compassion for someone that apposed them.
Even after Mrs. Wang was given the facts from the Chinese soldiers that the wounded soldier she retrieved and saved was Japanese, she realized he was behind bombing her...
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