Transformations - 1 English 226 The Natural Overwhelming...

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1 English 226 The Natural Overwhelming Transformations The stories “South of the Slot” by Jack London and “Hands” by Sherwood Anderson have characters whose lives are transformed by naturally determined events in their lives. The protagonist’s lives are determined and each undergoes changes of identity and name due to circumstances. Both characters are innocent in that they have done nothing to warrant the situations they get involved in. The natural cycle of events leaves the characters without any choice but to follow its course. Changing the course of events for these characters is unthinkable since the nature that transforms them is overwhelming. The transformations of both Drummond and Myers occur in spite of their initial plans, innocence, choices, social status, interests and control, and cannot be altered since they are natural fates of the characters. In Jack London’s “South of the Slot,” the character of Freddie Drummond is transformed to that of Bill Totts. Freddie Drummond is a member of the upper class, a university lecturer and a renowned author. However, he is not happy in his own class. Drummond stumbles upon happiness while researching for a book among the working class. In the period of his research Drummond traverses the boundaries separating the classes in society. His transformation comes about from social forces he encounters in the ghetto. In a similar manner, in “Hands” by Sherwood Anderson, the fate of Wing Biddlebaum, formerly knows as Adolph Myers, is determined by forces he can not control. The nature of Adolph Myers is feminine and his love to use the hands to caress his students as he taught makes him fall into disfavor of the parent community who obviously accuse him of sexually abusing their boys.
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2 Drummond is innocent of the situations that encumber him as a member of the upper class. “He is a reserved man, has no vices, abhors beer and detests tobacco”
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