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People’s behaviors can vary on the type of person they are. Some stories that help explain this are “Shaving”, written by Leslie Norris, “The Hero”, written by Margaret Jackson, and “The Stone Boy”, written by Gina Berriault. Each character in these stories has to deal with certain things in their life, and handle them in their own way. The stories also show how people learn how to handle these things differently, based on the persons personality and the type of event that is going on.

Leslie Norris’ story “Shaving” deals with the main character, Barry, trying to help his father let go. Barry’s dad, being ill and not being able to do much for himself, has troubles finding the right time to do so. Barry’s dad has been sick for a while and Barry has been committed to helping him as much as possible. Ironically “A few years back he had been a small unimportant boy.” (104) As a young boy he felt as if he was not needed, but later on he realizes that he is going to have to take care of things, in place of his dad. When he shaves his dad he says “You don’t have to worry. Not at all. Not about anything.”(107) By saying this he symbolizes that he can take care of things and his dad doesn’t have to worry about letting go. By the act of shaving his dad, he realizes that it is okay to let go and that things will be in the right hands. Because of what’s going on with Barry’s dad, he has become more mature quicker than others. For example, Barry’s friends want to go out for dinner because of a victory at a game and they ask Barry to go with them. He replies with “I don’t think so. Thanks. I’ll go straight home.”(105) Barry turns down this offer because he knows he has to go home to take care of his dad.

The story “The Hero”, written by Margaret Jackson, explains how Marvin, the main character, is not lazy and how he deals with sportsmanship better than his father. Before Marvin’s game his dad, Mr. Whalen, asked Marvin if he wanted a ride down to the school and Marvin...

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