Stay Gold

The poster above is a movie poster for the book The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton. It shows the theme of the book, “Stay gold, ponyboy, stay gold” (Hinton 148), where Johnny says his last words to ponyboy. This also refers to a quote before in the story where they hid in the church, and read a poem by Robert Frost saying, “Nothing gold can stay” (Hinton 77), meaning nothing good could be kept forever. However, if you read on to the poem, Frost writes a lot about wonderful things that could not last long, but live and die in a cycle. For example, “Her early leaf’s, a flower, but lasts only an hour” says spring flowers eventually die, but the next year, the spring will come again. Spring flowers may die, but they will bloom again next year.

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The Barber

What will you do if you are shaving for a man that killed many of your companions, and this was your best chance? Would you hesitate and go back and forth between revolting and being a hero, but also a murderer, or doing your job, and different to no other barber, make for sure your customer is shaved perfectly, with not a single drop of blood able to be seen? In the short story “Lather and Nothing Else”, the author Hernando Tellez creates a dynamic character by showing his conflict in his mind.

The barber started out as the protagonist who planned to revenge on one of his guests. “He came in without a word. I was stropping my best razor. And when I recognized him, I started to shake” (1 Tellez). When Captain Torres entered, the protagonist was sharpening his best razor, the perfect weapon for murdering as a barber. “Then he turned full around toward me and, loosening his tie, remarked, ‘It’s hot as the devil, I want a shave.’ With that, he took his seat. I estimated he had a four-days’ growth of beard, the four days he had been gone on the last foray after our men” (1). Then, his target relaxed and unloaded all his guards. This was the best condition for the barber to murder Captain Torres.

As the story runs on, the barber started to hesitate between killing Captain Torres or not and wasted the best chance. the barber eventually decides to do his job, to shave his guests, and “just as he were a good customer, taking heed that not a single pore should sit a drop of blood.” (3) This conflict in character shows a dynamic characteristic of wanting to be a hero, but being scared of being a murderer.

Just like the barber, many characters had to make the decision on sacrificing something to be successful on another, for example, in the movie Guardians of the Galaxy, Groot spreads his branches and forms a protective shield around his friends, this protects rest of the guardians, and they survive, but Groot sacrificed his own life on protecting the other guardians.

In the short story “Lather and Nothing Else” the author Hernando Tellez gives us an idea about the theme when the Barber claimed he was “secretly a revolutionary” (2), but then failed when he hesitated between just doing his job, or implying the plan, because he wanted to be a hero, but was scared of being a murderer. This tells us if you want success in something, you will have to sacrifice another.

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A Slight Touch

Sometimes we underestimate the impact of small things. A slight touch on the first Domino will change hundreds of thousands of dominoes after it. It is called the Domino domino effect. In the story, A Sound of Thunder, changes that looked like unimportant trifles resulted in huge changes.


Millions of years ago, Earth was just at its start, changing anything would give a consequence zoomed millions of times larger. When they were back in time, Travis has once warned to all the people, “’With a first one of your foot, you annihilate first one, then a dozen, then a thousand, a million, a billion possible mice!’”  (233 Bradbury) Even though Travis warned time after time, Eckels still did the last thing Travis wanted. The theme of minor changes leading to major differences was also reflected in the stories presented by the actual causes, rather than being spoken out by the characters.



Eckels only walked off the path and killed a small insect, but this resulted in weird English and a whole different world perspective. When Eckels traveled future in time, back to 2055, he found out even the language, the sign written for the safari has changed, he cried in disbelief, “’No, it can’t be. Not a little thing like that. No!’” (236 Bradbury). Eckels cannot even believe that walking on the ground and killing a small insect led to different languages, but this also shows how the smallest thing changing could outcome to such a huge difference.


Bradbury expresses the theme of small things making big consequences in many different places and events in the story. This explains the plot of many stories, such as letting writing directly repeating the theme in dialogue over and over again, or letting a huge and terrible result be caused by a small thing that wouldn’t even be noticed.

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As a Woman

Even though people say mothers are strong, but this does not fit in “The Scar” by Amy Tan. She, as a woman is a weak mother, but also as a woman, she is a selfless daughter.

The mom is an incompetent mother. In the story, the mom is a character that only has one solution to all problems, and that is to cry. For example, where she left the house, “’Now everyone was standing up and shouting, and I heard my mother’s voice crying…And then my mother’s voice went away’” (Tan 4). This shows the mom is incapable of being responsible for taking care of her own children, even when her daughter has been poured on hot, burning soup, all she did was to cry, this is an expression of extreme feebleness, she is not ready to be a mother. As a mother, she is immature, but she is also a selfless daughter. Popo, her mother has once said to her, “’ Who is this ghost? Not an honored widow, Just a number three concubine’”(4). Even so, later on in the story, where it comes to Popo’s dying time, she, a woman being insulted by popo as a ghost, endured all the pain and cut a meat from her own body, and cooked it into Popo’s soup. Just for her to live a little longer. “’And then my mother cut a piece of meat from her arm. Tears poured from her face and blood spilled to the floor. My mother took her flesh and put it in the soup’”(5). What an altruistic daughter.

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