sculptor's funeral

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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 Sculptor’s Funeral” by Willa Cather clearly demonstrates the influence that people can have on a man’s life. The story is set in a town where a man’s 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 weren’t based upon wealth, and his view on life wasn’t 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 Laird’s effort to break away from the town’s 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 Continue...


The gloomy life that he lived after his loss in faith was a result of his blind faith in the religion that his family had taught him. Goodman Brown was directly influenced by the society around him. Even in death, the strains he had to bear in life were evident. Although Harvey didn't conform to the standards of the town like Jim had done, his life was still affected. ------------------------------------------------------------------------Bibliography. This reoccurring theme that a man's life is shaped by society is furthermore developed with the c!haracter Young Goodman Brown. The teachings and beliefs of this religion guided his life and stood as the foremost controlling faith in his life. However, he had no reason to question his faith because he had been taught that his religion was not only a way of life, but also an elite class of people who were virtuous. He discovered that the only way of life he knew was that of sin and lead by hypocrites. He had a steadfast trust in the religion for he proclaimed that he would cling to his Faith after his journey. He tried to conceal his shame in his red beard but his feeling of resentment couldn't be hidden. of living the life of his choice, he ends up as a scam lawyer and dies as a crook. Society had caused his strong faith, and it was the foundation of his demise. Like the rest of the to!wn, Jim was drawn into the bitterness that pushed Harvey away. This unwavering assurance that the religion was as pure and lead by pious individuals masked the truth of it all.