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Sutker 1 Jacob Sutker Peter Bailey October 29, 2006 FWS Moral Failure?
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Sutker 2 Often times in literature the ending is left up to the reader’s interpretation. In Henry James’ The Pupil the cause of Morgan’s death at the end of the short story is very questionable. Although there are many possible assumptions, Pemberton’s moral failure towards Morgan can account for the most probable cause. Pemberton’s moral failure includes his lack of action to do what is best for Morgan even if it involves having to undergo financial deficits or having an extra thing to worry about. Under the extreme conditions of Morgan’s own parents asking Pemberton to take Morgan and be solely responsible for him, Pemberton hesitates. This “hesitation” goes against all morals that Pemberton should have compiled over the years familiarity with Morgan. The bulk of the story consists of Pemberton and Morgan developing a particularly tight relation that is continuously evolving into a closer connection as time goes on. While it might be reasonable to say that Pemberton’s hesitation is due to a life altering decision and the shock of the situation, the level at which Pemberton and Morgan have experienced their relationship out weighs any possible justification. Pemberton’s maturity, as being the leader and the wiser, should be portrayed in making morally correct decisions; however at the end of James’ The Pupil this is not true. Throughout the story Pemberton plays a huge role in Morgan’s life to the point where Morgan sees Pemberton as more of a father figure than his true father. Morgan grows towards the side of Pemberton in all arguments while turning away from h is parents at the same time. Pemberton’s first encounter with Morgan can clearly define the track of which their relationship would follow. After seeing Morgan up on a balcony Pemberton calls up, “We shall have great larks” (136). At this point Pemberton is not
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