top-rated free essay

The Man in the Well

By howatam Dec 10, 2012 542 Words
ENGL 2000
The Man in the Well
By Ira Sher
The entire time I was reading this story I couldn’t decide how I felt. The very first paragraph draws you in when the narrator mentions the day he discovered the man in the well. It’s immediately mentioned how the man calls out for help, but then skips to how the boy and his friends thought it was important that they decided not to save him. This paragraph almost immediately forces you to do a double take. When you first start reading and hear about the man trapped in the well your mind automatically starts thinking about how you would get him out. So when the narrator mentions how they not only left him in the well but are also okay with their decision you can’t help but cringe. Why would you not help the man out of the well? This completely goes against my moral code; even reading about it makes me frustrated. But of course the main characters are children of a pretty young age, so shortly after reading about there decision to leave the man I realized that I was trying to convince myself that its okay, that they didn’t know any better. But how could they not? At any age you know about the value of life and you learn about danger. The only reason I could imagine why the children wouldn’t rescue the man is fear. They must have been afraid that the man would cause them harm once he was out of the well. When the children decide not to rescue the man there seems to be an unsaid agreement among them not to mention names or show their faces. There were a few times where the little girl Wendy would poke her head over to try and figure out the mysterious mans name, but even he was unwilling to comply. The entire time the man seemed extremely patient, consistently asking if they had gone for help or to retrieve a ladder. Only a few times did he seem to raise his voice and frighten the children off. I didn’t really understand why the children seemed so frightened of the man, and so unwilling to share their names. This brings up the thought of how we really don’t know who the man in the well is. We don’t know how he fell into a well that’s on an abandoned plot, and we don’t know what he looks like. The man in the well is just a voice. I would think the fact that the children could only hear him would have contributed to their decision to leave him. When you can’t physically see a person but you can hear their voice it would be easier to think of them as something else, perhaps non-human. They’re young enough of children that it is possible that it was just a game of the voice in the well. Overall this story was extremely frustrating. Not only because I don’t understand how you can find someone stuck in a well and not go for help, but also the fact that we never find out if the man got out. Did someone else ever find him or did he die?

Cite This Document

Related Documents

  • The Man at the Well

    ...The Man at the Well Some say it’s not what we do but what we don’t do that can truly define who we are. In the tenth chapter, “The Man at the Well”, from Tim O’Brien’s memoir, If I die in a Combat Zone, O’Brien manages to portray one of the most powerful messages throughout his entire journey. It’s about American ignorance, the...

    Read More
  • Ira Sher's The Man in the Well: A Review

    ...THE MAN IN THE WELL Jessica Evans March 11 Evaluating fiction Evaluate the characters: How interested or invested am I in the characters- I was drawn into this group of children and their choices not to help the man in the well. I like how the story progressed and the curiosity of whether they would help him out or not. The man...

    Read More
  • Well the

    ...Homework #2 Due date: Feb. 25th (Due in the beginning of the class) Choose the one alternative that best completes the statement or answers the question. (Multiple choice question are worth 1 point each) 1) An advantage of the establishment survey over the household survey of the labor market is that the establishment survey A) is based...

    Read More
  • Well

    ...Hyacinth Fay Berry Mariquit 257 Juana Osmeña Extension Purok 8, Cebu City Mobile Number: 0942.801.5980 ------------------------------------------------- E-mail Address: ------------------------------------------------- OBJECTIVES: I am seeking to gain employment in an area where my skills will be challenged and...

    Read More
  • The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

    ...The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells is a science fiction classic written in 1897. The novel was first serialized in Pearson’s Weekly the same year it was published. Probably Wells’ third most well-known novel, after War of the Worlds and The Time Machine, The Invisible Man is famous more for its protagonist that its story – the bandag...

    Read More
  • Man in the Well Essay

    ...Themes in the Dialogue of “The Man in the Well” The main themes in “The Man in the Well” are identity and responsibility. The children in the story have no problem being unkind toward the man, telling him that “[their] dad is almost here” (Sher 118), until the man learns the names of the kids, revealing their identities. Small chil...

    Read More
  • The Man

    ...Leadership Education Worksheet Radical Equations Worksheet 2 The purpose of this worksheet is to help you organize your thinking as you reflect on the assignment and prepare for class discussion. Address each of the items below and submit your worksheet electronically to the instructor prior to the class period the assignment is due. Bring...

    Read More
  • the man

    ...Questions: 1] Which of the following is irrational: [Marks:1] A. B. C. D. 2] Find the value of p such that (x -1) is the factor of the polynomial x3+10x2+ px . [Marks:1] A. p = 7 B. p = -7 C. p = 11 D. p = -11 3] Find remainder when is divided by [Marks:1] A. -1 B. 1 C. 2 D. Zero 4] What a...

    Read More

Discover the Best Free Essays on StudyMode

Conquer writer's block once and for all.

High Quality Essays

Our library contains thousands of carefully selected free research papers and essays.

Popular Topics

No matter the topic you're researching, chances are we have it covered.