Realistic View

Topics: Great Depression, Meaning of life, Happiness Pages: 2 (663 words) Published: November 20, 2008
Realistic View
Everyone views life differently since no one is the same. In the poem, “Boy with His Hair Cut Short” by Muriel Rukeyser, and in the story, “Furniture Art” by Sarah Miller, show the realistic views of two different characters about life. Comparing both stories, the sister in “Boy with His Hair Cut Short” has a lest realistic view of life than Mr. DuPont's in “Furniture Art”.

The “solicitous tall” (line 9) sister in “Boy with His Hair Cut Short” pretended to be optimistic during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The sister did everything she could to help her brother: “[cut] his hair with her cheap shears”, “[new-pressed] his decent suit”. (line 10, 21) She cut his hair to encourage him that he can find a job if he changed his look. “You'll surely find [a job], they can't keep turning you down; the finest gentleman's not so trim as you!” (line 17-19) Even though, she told his brother to be hopeful, she knew that find a job was impossible because her fascal expression cannot lie. “The impersonal sign, her motion, the blue vein, bright on her temple, pitifully beating.” The sister did not truthfully told her brother her actual view of life, perhaps to raise her brother's hope of finding a job, but this proved she was being unrealistic.

Mr. DuPont in “Furniture Art” was a strong French accent man of about sixty who “live off unemployment”.(Para. 2) He was a artist with strange style: “walls [filled with] murals of bright colors”, “furniture was a mess, paint-splattered and arranged in unconventional patterns”. (Para. 6) When asked about his opinion about the world, he asked the narrator for her opinion first and when the narrator said that the school “say unemployment's down and economy's booming”(Para. 12). He interpreted her answer by asking the narrator that “are people more happy [with the booming economy]?”.(Para. 18) This shown that he cared more about the happiness in people. Mr.DuPont was trying to teach the narrator to have her own...
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