December 6, 2014
Final essay #4
English 203k Fall 2014
Hands: time changes
Sherwood Anderson’s story “Hands” is primarily concerned with innocence and guilt. Ochani Lele states “A pair of hands can create, inspire, instill dreams; while those same hands can destroy, diffuse, and install nightmares.” (Lele) Through Anderson’s “Hands” it suggest that something innocent can be quickly distorted into something grotesque. In society today teachers would pat you on the back to show their appreciation for your work. Parents do not normally think anything of it, unless someone tells a parents that the teacher had touched them in an inappropriate way. In the time that Wing Biddlebaum was a school teacher nobody knew that he meant his touchings in an innocent way, they thought it was a grotesque act. In Wing Biddlebaum younger days he used to be a schoolmaster in a town in Pennsylvania. At this time he was known as Adolf Myers. He was “one of these are, littleunderstood men who by rule by a power so gentle that it passes as a lovable weakness.” (1941) Adolf Myer's was not like the stereotypical man, so the townspeople were already suspicious of him.
As a natural movement of a teacher Adolf would show his appreciation through touch. “Here and there went his hands, caressing the shoulders of the boys, playing about the tousled heads.” (1941) Adolf Myer's used his hands to install dreams into the boys. “The voice and the hands, the stroking of the shoulders and the touching of the hair was a part of the school masters effort to carry a dream into the young minds.“ (1941)
Than the tragedy. A school boy told his dreams as facts. Since the townspeople were already suspicious of him they believed the young boy. During this time period nobody knew ...
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