Stephane Akame English 102 UVW9Dr. Helen Doss October 10th, 2018Assignment#3:Self, Society, and PowerThe Country of the Kind.Framing Question: 1.The Country of the Kind is a short story featuring a sociopath character (main character) living in a world totally depraved of violence and crime. Being the only individual in this world able of evil, this character believes he is “the kingof the world” and consistently abuse of this power against other people. His excessive abuse will eventually stimulate his artistic spirit, leading him to drawing and sculpture. He will later establish the connection between violence and artistic expressions. At the end of the story, the main character desperate by the passivity of the world sick for support in his rebellion, but this attempt will be follow by a failure.2.We can infer that the story happens in a “future world” in Denver USA, from the passage: “Something else in me, that had been suppressed and forgotten, rose up with my first blow struck in anger. The sculpture began years afterward, as an accident, but in that moment I was free, and I was an artist. One winter, in the AC Archives in Denver, I found a storeroom full of old printed books. I spent months there, reading them, because until then I'd thought I had invented sculpture and drawing. The thing I chiefly wanted to know was; why had it stopped? There was no answer in so many words in any of the books. But reading the histories of those times before the Interregnum, I found one thing that might explain it. Whenever there was a long period of
peace and plenty anywhere in the ancient world, art grew poor—decoration, genre painting, imitations of imitations. And as for the great artists, they all belonged to violent periods—Praxiteles, da Vinci, Rembrandt van Rijn, Renoir,Picasso...” page 306 of the book. 3.The central action are arranged around the narrator or sociopath (main character). 4.The theme of the story is Violence as a stimulator of artistic expression.This theme is connected to the central characters he is the only individual able of evil or violence in a world without any. This theme is connected to the conflict because the story oppose the peace and serenity offer by the passive society with the greatness and the will of achievement offer by the non-passive society.The climax of the story happen when the narrator realized by reading some oldprinted books that he didn’t invent drawing nor sculpture, and that his artistic spirit has been awaken by his unique(in the context of this peaceful world) ability to violent. This event switched the narrator’s previous abusive and purposeless acts to the aim of ending the passivity of his world. Therefore the climax is directly connected to theme.