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Many writers have found writing about the human psyche very interesting The story The Child by Tiger by Thomas Wolf is about an African American servant who initially seems to be very skilful and moral but who turns out to be very vengeful eventually running around shooting up the town People can have a hidden side to them which can be brought out by the type of environment that he or she is placed in Tears Idle Tears by Elizabeth Bowen is about a young child and his mother during a day in the park The young boy cries a lot seemingly for no reason As the story develops the reader finds that the boy cries because his mother cant cry and consequently he experiences her grief for her Some people in life seem to carry the burdens and grief of the world on their shoulders By examining the two stories it can be seen that both authors use the symbolism setting and character to prove these main ideas of the stories The two stories both use symbolism to clarify their themes Tears Idle Tears uses a duck to represent Fredericks alteration of personality When he first tries to pet the duck the duck runs down to the pond and swims away After Frederick talks with a girl that he meets at the pond he comes to the realisation that hes not alone there is someone else out there that has a problem with crying He seems to find a new sense of self-esteem because of this knowledge In the story The Child By Tiger Wolfe often refers to Prosser as a cat or a tiger These symbolic references help convey the authors message Wolfe implies that Prosser is cunning sneaky and vengeful which are the qualities of the tiger Similarly in Bowens story when Fredericks mother comes back for him he is cheerful and confident She quickly turned her frank friendly
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