Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Man in a Corner Essay
Augustus Cain is a comfortably someone, despite his underpinground and procreation he was able to emerge through the narrative. Cain is a man in the corner his conditions determine his values and morals. He lost himself to himself and his own society. Although, he has lost himself he evolves and turns into a soul catcher throughout this completelyegory many times, one of the souls hes caught was even his own. He evolved as a person through breaking the four guiding principles incessantly that his father said for him to follow. The four guiding principles were that one should always evaluate ones plaza that it was necessary to care for entertain it, to never misuse it, as it will someday be c tout ensembleed upon to care for and protect you (White 31) That a Negro was in many ways similar a child and it was the moral duty of the white man to look subsequently and guide them (White 31) That his very whiteness not only set him aside from and above them morally, intellectua lly, physically but that it also linked him in a blood bond with every other white man (White 32) Whites and Negroes were created by the Almighty to be separate (White 32).Cain engages in a forbidden kindred with a black woman named Rosetta. This relationship tests Cains character, will, care and decisions. She tests Cains will during her bathing in the river. While Rosetta is bathing, Cain is half turned away he felt this to be some sort of test of will, a temptation he felt bound to renounce in direct to prove to himself, that he wasnt common, that he wasnt interchangeable sermonizer or Strofes. That he was different (White 206). He is also attracted to her in this scene. range Rosetta exiting the river and him glancing at her and having a hard time averting this stare. He says that he felt shamed as a rumbling commenced down among his own legs (White 207) as he looked between hers.When preacher man tries to rape Rosetta, Cain most kills him out of protection for her. W hen Rosetta is kidnapped Cain goes and asks around for her, and saysIm trying to uphold her (White 287) and pushes onward out of his determination to save her. After saving her Cain is captured by John Brown and says that he doesnt plan to send Rosetta back to Eberly, and Brown believes him and sends him away to a settlement in Ohio called Gist. Cain and Rosetta are position together in a cabin and Rosetta kisses him, they continue to kiss and sire to remove their clothes. Cain then thought He knew that he was crossing a line that he could never cross back over over again (White 377) and they made love.Cain is different from the other men that are portrayed in this novel, that are to be thought of as of brothers to him because of the blood bond that they share. Cain is more than sympathetic to blacks then the rest. When Preacher is beating Joseph, Cain hates preacher for his mindless unmercifulness and didnt believe on harming anyone in his profession unless it was absolutely necessary. He preferred using his wits rather than violence or soldiery (White 55). He also feels bad for Joseph, so much that he couldnt ignore Preacher slashing cuts in his body. He says to him Al expert, thatll be luxuriant (White 56) and kicks him. He also tells him to stop acting like a bastard if he doesnt want to be treated like one. He degrades him to a dog in this scene. He also tells Joseph that if he didnt comply with them that Preacher would hurt him and that Cain himself didnt want that (White 58).Post Preacher suggesting they sell the boy and Cain disagreeing and calling it common thievery. Preacher also says that he shouldnt act so high and mighty and that Slave catcher, blackbirder. Theyre all the same in my book (White 60). Cain responds that No, were not all the same. Im carrying out the law (White 60). This was a point in the novel where Cain again separates himself from his brothers and explains that hes only doing this because he has to function and pay off h is debt not out of the malicious intent like a blackbirder or most slave catchers. At the end of all this Cain gives the boy a dollar coin to pay him back for his eggs.Cain is compared metaphorically throughout the novel to the lot that his whiteness is supposed to set himself away from. Cain is a runaway. He ran away from the bread and butter of a farmer and slave-owner. Cain had resolved early on that he wasnt cut out for the life of a farmer (White 32). He insteadjoins the military to basically trip this inheritance from his father. When he tells Rosetta this she says to him that makes you a runaway, too, Cain. (White 245). He also runs away from the line of works in his world by drowning himself in the vices, which are also the very things that metaphorically enslaves him. He is an alcoholic who constantly drinks laudanum.He has a gambling problem and has sex constantly with prostitutes. He also was tired for working for heap like Eberly. These kind of people were white s lave owners that thought their bills made him their nigger (White 11). Also Cain explains to Rosetta that he has to bring her back to Eberly although he doesnt want to because of his honor. She says that Honor. He done bought and paid for you just like me Cain responds No one owns me Rosetta says Oh, he own you, all right. The only digression between them was that she knows it and he doesnt (White 210).Cain is overall a different person at the end of this novel. He has involved in interracial affairs with a black woman. He hasnt respected the technically property of another man which would be Rosetta to Eberly, by not returning her to him, which ofcourse was the right thing to do. He is also acknowledged by Rosetta and other people in the novel even John Brown, as a good man.