It is known that a piece of writing can do more than tell a story, but can also
portray indirect ideas to the reader. A narrative piece is able to show positive traits,
presented through its characters. Literature can display a variety of positive
attributes, through different characters, and situations. This is demonstrated in the
story, “The Blue Bead,” through Sibia’s acts of selflessness, and again in the text
“Long, Long, After School,” through Miss Tretheway’s acts of kind-heartedness.
In the story “The Blue Bead,” an example of how literature shows positive
traits through its characters, is composed by Sibia’s displays of selflessness when
saving a woman from an attacking crocodile. In the text, the narrator states,
“Sometimes it had seemed difficult to cross these stones, especially with the big
gap… But now she came on wings… and in a moment, she was beside the shrieking
woman (pg. 61).” This shows selflessness because Sibia, usually hesitant on the
slippery stones, flies across them making rapid footing decisions, throwing herself
towards to woman being attacked, aware of the fact that if she falls, she could harm
herself severely. Another piece of evidence is shown when the narrator states, “Its
eyes rolled on to Sibia. One slap of the tail could kill her. (pg. 61).” This shows
selflessness because the young girl willingly put her life at risk, to save one that was
not her own. Through the young girl’s displays of selflessness, one can see how the
text, “The Blue Bead” portrays a positive trait through Sibia.
Throughout the text, “Long, Long After School,” Miss Tretheway shows kind-
heartedness through acts presented in the story. An illustration of this is when a
flashback occurs, back to when Miss Tretheway states, “Why, Marilyn, Wes’s hands
are much cleaner than yours. Maybe Wes doesn’t like to get his...