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Society molds the road that a man decides to take in life Man is affected by the pressures of his surroundings and his direction in life is determined by the people of higher influence The Sculptors Funeral by Willa Cather clearly demonstrates the influence that people can have on a mans life The story is set in a town where a mans worth is determined by his economic status and achievement What is expected of the men in the town hinders the quest for individuality Harvey Merrick was the only man with the fortitude to attempt to escape the bitter judgment of the town His accomplishments in life werent based upon wealth and his view on life wasnt shaded by the yearning to fit into the mold that the town had created for a great man to fit into Yet he was still criticized by his family and his greatness remained unacknowledged Jim Lairds effort to break away from the towns influence was soon brought to an end With the demands from his family to be a successful lawyer he was coerced into returning to where he came from Instead of living the life of his choice he ends up as a scam lawyer and dies as a crook Like the rest of the to wn Jim was drawn into the bitterness that pushed Harvey away He tried to conceal his shame in his red beard but his feeling of resentment couldnt be hidden Although Harvey didnt conform to the standards of the town like Jim had done his life was still affected Even in death the strains he had to bear in life were evident It was as if he was still holding onto his dignity and pride as an artist His life was nothing but constant put downs that attacked his career He struggled to hold on to the honor that he had created for himself Harvey knew what judgment awaited him when
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