In the stranger we find a man named Meursault, who has very little emotions and feels very little in the way of love. In the story he is dating a women and she asked him if he loves her and if he would marry her and he just shrugs off this question and doesn’t really care. This makes us question why the character is like this. Is love a social construct created to cover up the fact that everyone hates each other and all life is is death and pain? I personally think that if people did not love as much as they would not feel as much pain. I think that a lot of the reason that people create so much pain for others is because they love so much for what/who they believe in. I do not think that love was created to mask the fact that everyone hates everyone. I think life is meant to be lived with love and happiness and passion and that jealousy, hate, and pain happen as a result of all of the love that there is.
The “Lesson”, by Toni Cade Bambara, is a short story about a young black girl named Sylvia, who goes on a field trip with her class. Ms. Moore, the teacher of the class, takes the students to a toy store. The customers in the store are mostly white and the students are all shocked by how expensive the toys are. One toy that the students were looking at was a “hand crafted sailboat of fiberglass at one thousand on hundred ninety-five dollars.” The students were so surprised by this high price because their families would never be able to afford something of this price. They thought about how the same amount of money could buy some families food for a whole year, whereas wealthy white families are able to spend such a significant amount of money on a single toy. This was very profound because it emphasized the economic gap between white people and minority groups and the unfairness in society.
In the story Escape from Spiderhead by George sanders Jeff finds himself falling in love then falling out of love with two different women in the span of a few hours. Jeff then has to torture these women that he had once loved and now has no feelings left for them. Jeff who is there because he killed a person now has to watch these two women get tortured. First he watches Heather get tortured and she then ends up dead. Then Abnesti is making him do the same thing to Rachel. The thing is Abnesti won’t go ahead and start the torture with out Jeff saying “acknowledge”. We hear Jeffs internal struggle with letting this torture happen to someone that Jeff has no hard feeling about. So Jeff decides to to take his life instead of torturing Rachael to her death. I think this says a lot about Jeff because he is sacrificing himself to save Rachel and at the end you hear that Jeff is finally at peace when he says “for the first time I’m at ease ..” Jeff is a compassionate person at the end and in the end he stood up to the oppression from Abnesti and realizes that he can make positive decisions that will make an impact for the better.