Two Fishermen

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There are two men, which have the great difference. Michael, a town repeater who is tall and eager. The other is Smith, a very small fellow who has a appalling occupation called hangman. In the story ¡°two fishermen¡± by Morley Callaghan, the author sets these two people on one boat at the beginning; I think his intent is to make a opportunity to let these two strangers having a conversation in order to give us a initial impression about the main characters.

Smith, in many ways attracts our attention. Although he is a mild, harmless looking little guy, he performs a very difficult job (hanging) without shame. ¡°Somebody¡¯s got to do my job. There¡®s got to be a hangman¡± ¡° the job hasn¡¯t been so disagreeable¡±. From the quotation we see that Smith loves his job no matter how other people say about it. Michael, however, he doesn¡¯t appreciate his own job very much even it¡¯s a nice one.

¡°But it¡¯s nothing like a first-class city paper and I don¡¯t expect to be working on it long. I want to get a reporter¡¯s job on a city paper.¡± Michael, on the other hand is kind of discrimination against Smith¡¯s job. ¡°If you took another job, you and your wife could probably go fishing together.¡± ¡°I just meant that if it was such disagreeable work, Smitty.¡± As we see here, Michael¡¯s attitude toward to Smitty¡¯s job could relate to our real life. In our society, there are many difficult jobs. People don¡¯t like them because they are dirty or dangerous, but if we don¡¯t go to do, then who will do them for us? As a victim, Smith in the end is almost killed by the angry crowd. ¡°One small stone hit him on the head.