reaction paper Blood of a mole

Topics: Protagonist, Fiction, First-person narrative Pages: 2 (821 words) Published: October 21, 2014
The Fiction story “Blood of a mole” tells the story of pity, self-sacrifice and trickery. You cannot always give people what they need, no matter how desperate they are. The character gives some of his own life which is represented by blood because he felt such a compelling need to help the desperate woman. He pitied her and obviously didn’t agree with her ideas in moles’ blood, or he wouldn’t have tricked the women. During the story the character was going to tell her “I never had sold moles in the shop and I had never seen one in my life” but he knows that this woman wanted to hear good news. The character said “I have no moles”, this reaction of the women made him feel guilty of himself and made it as if had no choice but to help her. Why do some people feel the need to be a hero? I don’t believe he gave the woman his blood out of the goodness of his heart, but it was more of an attempt to console the woman in order to ease his own sense of guilt.

After he concedes that “Maybe I have some moles”, he states “I don’t know why I acted like this”. The woman had no faith and no longer wanted any help. When he offers her his blood, “She did not reach for the glass bottle. She turned and quickly went toward the door”. You can see that he wants to help when he doesn’t take the money she offers for his service, which he wouldn’t have done if he were truly carrying mole’s blood in his shop. “Then she took some money out of her pocket. ‘No. No,’ I said”. This shows that he wants to help this woman even though he is not getting anything in return. “I wanted to accompany her to the corner. I offered her some water but she just ran off,” The story brings to mind the Dr. that overworks himself trying to save every patient, in the meantime his own health and life deteriorates.

The story is told from first person point of view. In this way, we know exactly what the protagonist is thinking. This does limit the story in some ways, since no other opinions or observations...
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