Topics: Superiority complex, Style, The Passage Pages: 2 (439 words) Published: November 6, 2012
In the passage, McTeague is described as one who desires to achieve his dream by having a job as a dentist that bargains for his tools to characterize him as a cheap and idealistic person. The author uses a condescending and sarcastic tone in the passage to show the narrator's attitude. The narrator's attitude toward McTeague is somewhat insulting but wavers throughout the passage. The narrator talks down to McTeague and the attitude of superiority emerges.

Described as "young giant" who is "six feet three inches" tall, McTeague seems to have a feeling of superiority because the narrator hints that he is a ver simple man with low ambitions. Using imagery and metaphors, the narrator shows how masculine and strong McTeague is but also shows that he lack intelligence. "Immense", "muscle", "enormous", hard", and "angular" are words the author used to describe McTeague's physical attributes. Through the first half of the passage, the author was focused more on his appearance and look than his personality. This shows McTeague is a person in vain, who is judge by his looks or on how his looks reflect who he is.

"McTeague's mind was as his body, heavy, slow to act, sluggish." This quote shows that the author describes McTeague's physical characteristics mirroring his actions. The narrator's attitude toward McTeague changes from superiority to assertive power. "Altogether he suggested the draught horse, immensely strong, stupid, docile, obedient." The author uses words like "obedient" and "docile" to show that McTeague is dependent and controlled which is much similar of inferiority. Also the word "stupid" shows the unpleasant tone the narrator is using. As the passage reaches toward the end, the superiority attitude of the narrator emerges and so does the true character of McTeague.

"When he opened his dental parlors, he felt that his life was a success, that he could hope for nothing better." In this quote, McTeague has opened his own dental business called...
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