The Catbird Seat
In the short story The Catbird Seat, David J. Birnbaum is using is physical disability as an excuse to do bad things. Not only does he do bad things but he purposely does things because he can get away with it. One moment when he was treated like royalty at a movie theater turned his morality inside out. He used his disability to smuggle Cuban cigars and bringing beer into sporting events. David soon realized that although people baby him because of his disabilities, there are others that trump him. David had an elevator situation where he had run over an old man’s foot. Once he got into the elevator everyone looked to David with a disgusting look. Part 2
I think that David using his disabilities has an excuse is pathetic. I just don’t understand why someone would ask for sympathy and once they get it, they use it to their own advantage. Whenever I see someone who has a disability, I see them as a person. I do find myself opening the door for a wheel chair rather than a normal person. That isn’t because I baby them; it is because they are not physically inclined to open the door at a normal rate. In a way I do baby physically disabled people, but I still view them as a person. I just don’t think they should go in front of the line when people have been waiting there for the whole day. What makes them so special? I mean if I have been waiting there all day, I want to be treated the same. Actions like these are the reasons why physically disabled people are viewed to be different. Part 3
Would you use your disability to get away with things? I find myself asking myself this question. I just have the feeling that if someone were to treat me like royalty I would easily go with it. I know this sounds bad, but I guess the whole situation would be different if I were to be disabled.
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