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Hands by Sherwood Anderson is a story that seems to be stripped of sentimentality yet conveys emotion Anderson tells the somber story of a misunderstood and wrongfully accused man The protagonist Wing Biddlebaum failed to communicate his true self His inner desires were repressed because conventions and tradition distorted and twisted themAs mentioned before the central character in Hands is Wing Biddlebaum He is clearly a round character because he has more than one side to his personality throughout the story Wing is dynamic because he makes a change from a kind outgoing enthusiastic teacher to a withdrawn frightened person For as much as Wing is described there are still many aspects of his character that seem left out Perhaps this is for interestWing Biddlebaum previously known as Adolph Meyers is a teacher He was meant by nature to be a rare teacher of youth He was one of those rare little-understood men who rule by a power so gentle that it passes as a lovable weakness Since his demeanor is not of the stereotypical man macho and strong teaching with force or fear people are suspicious of him Hands was written in 1919 and yet today in 2000 81 years later suspicion surrounding a man like Adolph Meyers might still existSince shadowy doubts already existed about Meyers it was easy for the Pennsylvania townspeople to believe the unspeakable accusations a half-witted boy made against Meyers The narrator tells the reader that these accusations are false not just bluntly but also through the innocence with which Adolph is described It is hard to believe that Meyers could hurt anyone let alone a student someone whose dreams he was trying to encourage As might happen in reality angry men and fathers with lanterns drove Adolph Meyers from the fictional town He was saved from hanging because even as he was cast in this evil light he touched their hearts This illustrates perhaps better than any other
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