Scarlet Ibis And Of Mice Of Men Integrated English, 9th Grade Essay

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Quotation analysis:  
Hurst wrote, "I did not know then that pride is a wonderful, terrible thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death."   
 How do both authors (Hurst and Steinbeck) use this quote to springboard his concept of "pride" throughout the story?  (If you look closely, you will see that the authors refers to pride several times in each of their works (Hurst directly and Steinbeck indirectly).   
**To answer this question, you must locate the original quote listed above.  Next, find several references of "Pride" in both stories.  Why does the authors continuously refer to pride throughout their stories?  What does pride mean to the authors/ the characters? 
Explain the quote using examples from the stories.  Both stories have many similarities. 
In Hurst's The Scarlet Ibis, he states "I did not know then that pride is a wonderful, terrible thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death." (Hurst 488). By saying this, he means that there are both positive and negative aspects of pride. In The Scarlet Ibis and Of Mice and Men, the characters in both of these literary works go through events in their lives that cause them to feel pride. The authors Hurst and Steinbeck both use their writing to support the idea that pride can be good or bad. Many examples are shown in both works, and are supported throughout their writing. 
In The Scarlet Ibis, the narrator taught his brother how to walk and function in many ways, therefore both of the main characters felt pride at some point. The first time pride was displayed was when the narrator realized that Doodle was alive and functioning and he shouted "Mama, he smiled. He's all there! He's all there!" (Hurst 485). This is on the positive spectrum of pride. The narrator was proud because his brother could finally show emotion and smile, which is a good thing. On the other hand, the narrator shows a negative example of pride as well. The narrator stated "When Doodle was five years old, I was embarrassed at having a brother of that age who couldn't walk, so I set out to teach him." (Hurst 488). For him, embarrassment plays a big role in his pride. Since Doodle was disabled, the narrator thought that he should be ashamed of Doodle, so that fueled his fire to work to get something he could be proud of. Later on as Doodle was able to walk, the narrator was more positive and said "all of us must have something or someone to be proud of, and Doodle had become mine." (Hurst 488). The author was more positive because his pride did not rely on his embarrassment, it came from the true love that he showed for his brother. 
In Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck indirectly symbolizes pride in the novel. This is most evident in Curley and the relationship between Lennie and George.The way Curley shows pride is represented negatively. "Curley's like a lot of little guys. He hates big guys... kind of like he's mad at 'em because he ain't a big guy" (Steinbeck 26). This shows that Curley gets his pride...

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