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Human Comedy In the Human Comedy by William Saroyan Mrs Macauley an intelligent mother of four in Ithaca California states If a man has not wept at the worlds pain he is only half a man and there will always be pain in the worldp131 People are different in many ways but how people deal with pain gives the world an insight to the character of that person and who they truly are inside In a section of the Human Comedy Mrs Macauley shares her view of people pity and pain When pain is present in some people they bottle it up on the inside and let it fester This causes pain to be distributed to others because that person with the pain cannot deal with it The poor unfortunate evil man will drive pain deeper into things and spread it about wherever he goes p131 is how Mrs Macauley describes the person who tries to contain pain When Mr Spangler the telegraph office owner was alone John Strickman tried to rob the telegraph office because he was down on his luck and there was a war going on so he thought it didnt matter if he or Mr Spangler died in the holdup He believed that stealing the money and causing Mr Spangler pain would relieve the pain of all his mistakes but all it would really do is cause more pain in himself and others Mr Strickmans actions are that of an evil man but I really dont believe that the evil know they are evilp131 People who can recognize pain but only in themselves are selfish and self absorbed Pain is every where but a foolish man will not even notice it except in himselfp131 Mr Byfield the athletic coach at Ithaca High can only see pain in himself He only saw his problem when Hubert Ackley the upper class athlete was kept after class He
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