Innocense of a child. Refers to 'The Child by Tiger', by Thomas Wolf and 'Tears, Idle Tears', by Elizabeth Bowen. Talks about how both use different writing techniques to develop their themes

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Many writers have found writing about the human psyche very interesting. The story, 'The Child by Tiger', by Thomas Wolf, is about an African American servant who initially seems to be very skilful and moral but who turns out to be very vengeful, eventually running around, shooting up the town. People can have a hidden side to them which can be brought out by the type of environment that he or she is placed in. 'Tears, Idle Tears', by Elizabeth Bowen, is about a young child and his mother during a day in the park. The young boy cries a lot, seemingly for no reason. As the story develops, the reader finds that the boy cries because his mother can't cry and, consequently, he experiences her grief for her. Some people in life seem to carry the burdens and grief of the world on their shoulders. By examining the two stories, it can be seen that both authors use the symbolism, setting, and character to prove these main ideas of the stories.

The two stories both use symbolism to clarify their themes. 'Tears, Idle Tears' uses a duck to represent Frederick's alteration of personality. When he first tries to pet the duck, the duck runs down to the pond and swims away. After Frederick talks with a girl that he meets at the pond, he comes to the realisation that he's not alone, there is someone else out there that has a problem with crying. He seems to find a new sense of self-esteem because of this knowledge. In the story 'The Child By Tiger', Wolfe often refers to Prosser as a cat or a tiger. These symbolic references help convey the author's message. Wolfe implies that Prosser is cunning, sneaky, and vengeful which are the...