The story, during its mysterious state, states “there happened something that no one saw.” How could this story be retold, if no one saw this? Before hand, the scholar and the shadow matched each other, as it physically would. (336) The scholar loses his shadows, but some of its reminiscence is left. That piece of the shadow was kept to grow. It grew more than the scholar’s size. What does the shadow symbolize? (336) “And a word is a shadow”, remarked the shadow. A shadow is really nothing physically. Is the shadow trying to say the philosopher’s promise isn’t worth anything? Is Anderson trying to portray that actions are more important than words? (338) Anderson conveys a lesson, “…cautious and patient, and that is the same as being virtuous”. (339) The shadow is depicted as mischievous and evil. As the philosopher was described as innocent and nice, the shadow was the opposite of the philosopher. Essay: In the end, why did the shadow live happily, while the philosopher, who seemed to do nothing
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