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- 1 - [email protected] 443-880- 2322 Plural Power By Tade Ade-Turton [email protected] 4443-880-2322 To begin discussing the topic of power it must be first stated that power can and usually takes many forms. As a result one must first define his own definition of power. Earlier in the year in English 105, my professor Mr. Jonathon David Jackson discussed the many forms that power manifests itself in. Each student that participated in the discussion had a different interpretation of what he or she thought power was. In The Other Boat and The Life to come, it can be argued that they are many characters or players that have power based on a particular interpretation of power. For me power is the ability to manipulate and control. In the cases of E.M Forester’s The Life to Come, The Other Boat; true power is not held within a single person, but within the social environments that the characters reside. Their decisions are not solely based on personal desire, fulfillment or attainment but on the desires of the Social Environments and the people who make up those environments, which many of Forester’s characters aim to please. How can a person truly hold power, when he disregards his desires simply due to the taboos and negative opinions of those that surround them? Tade Ade-Turton
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- 2 - [email protected] 443-880- 2322 The Other Boat has many parts were, this desire to adhere to the people in their environment is stronger than their own personal wishes and desires. This adherence to the people in their environment is not exclusive to the main characters Lionel and Cocoanut, but also to secondary characters like Mrs. March. The passage begins with the two focal points of the story are children. As many children do, young Lionel and Cocoanut are playing aboard a ship on its way to England from India. Mrs. March Lionel’s mother keeps an eye as Lionel and Cocoanut play with other children. While playing, one of the sailors aboard the ship draws a circle around Cocoanut and indicated to Mrs. March, “Passengers are often kind enough to pay their footing,” 1 She replies simply with “I will certainly do what customary-Baby is quiet.” This passage is a good first example of the unwillingness of the characters to go against the norm. Whether or not payment was required of the passengers, the sailor never demanded it, but simply suggested it was customary and with no argument from Mrs. March, she immediately complied and promised future payment, though she had no money at the time. In that same paragraph another example presents itself of the characters unwillingness to against the wishes of the group. Cocoanut still a young child steps into the circle just drawn by the sailor and squats. Apparently, Mrs. March found this behavior to be unsuitable for a young man and immediately scolds Cocoanut by saying, “you never will play any game properly and you
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This essay was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course PSC 225 taught by Professor Dr.githens during the Spring '08 term at Goucher.

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