March 23, 2012
As we mature we learn many things in our lives. We learn to forgive others and not wrongfully judge them. In the story “Brothers are the Same” by Beryl Markham, Temas goes through a level of maturity and learns to become a real adult. He experiences a transformation within himself also to learn to not repeat his mistakes and learn that people can change and that he can too. The author shows a degree of maturity changing through the story, by showing how even the worst of enemies can become one of your friends. As said in the story, “But Temas did not move. Through the sharp stings of his wounds, above his joy in the promise that now lay in his hands, he felt another thing, a curious, swelling pride in this new friendship. He looked into the face of Medoto and smiled, timidly, then broadly. And then he laughed and drew his sword and cut the beaded belt in half.” This quotation shows how Temas overcame his hatred of Medoto and he now considers him a friend and they even laughed about what they were fighting about before. Beryl Markham illustrates the conflicts and struggles going on between Temas and himself to prevent his fear of failing to prove himself as a man to Kileghen, his tribe and Medoto. As said in the story, “He did not fear the beast. He was sure that in his bones and his blood and in his heart he was not afraid. He was Masai, and legend said that no Masai had ever feared. Yet in his mind Temas now trembled. Fear of battle was a nonexistent thing—but fear of failure could be real, and was. It was real and living—and kept alive by the nearness of an enemy more formidable than any lion—an enemy with the hated name Medoto.” This excerpt from the story shows how Temas was not afraid of the lion but he was afraid of what would happen if he didn’t kill the lion. He is scared that people will think of him as a child all his life. And also he is afraid that Medoto will also make fun of his for not proving himself as a...
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