Sandkings

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Topics: Selfishness
WANG 1
Di Wang
Prof. Andrade
23 Jun 2013
English 26
Sandkings
A conceited man will finally get what he deserves. Sadly, Simon Kress plays that kind of evil role in “Sandkings”. Exotic pets collection is Kress’s favorite thing to do in this story, he buys some dormant sandkings from a shop in Asgard. Kress makes himself as a god of his new “pets”. The greedy man treats those sandkings awfully for personal benefit. However, things become worse and worse and Kress pays the piper for himself at the end of story. What caused this tragedy ending is Kress’s vivid character weakness: vainness, selfishness, and cowardice.
A fly on the wheel would never realize the danger around, Kress’s loss, which is not an accident at all. Simon Kress thinks that he is a smart man, for he always feels delighted with his “genius”. He stops feeding sandkings in order to watch their warfare; it not only disobeys Jala Wo’s warning but also breaks the balance WANG 2 sandkings’ growing environment. Here we may have a premonition that an ominous situation is about to emerge. Kress asks Jala Wo “‘And my face? When will they carve my face?’”(Martin 248). It shows that Kress is so impatient to wait for being the god of those sandkings, what a vain man. Kress is fatuous to consider himself as a lord; his insanity let him kill Lissandra in his cellar at a very moment.
Furthermore, Simon Kress was an extremely selfish person. There is a fact that “Simon Kress customarily considered his parties a failure unless at least one guest walked out in high dudgeon”(Martin 250). All the parties he holds for people was just to satisfy himself. To see big things through small ones, it becomes so reasonable that Kress would sacrifice all his friends to protect his own life. That’s why Kress is doomed to be defeated by sandking maw.
Kress’s loss can be also figured out by his cowardice as well. A coward man may blind himself and lose



Cited: Card, Orson Scott. Masterpieces: the best science fiction of the century. New York: Ace Books, 2001. Print.

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