Christina Nguyen - realize that people dont really care...

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Nguyen 1 Christina Nguyen Mr. Barsuglia English Lit, Block 3 8 September 2009 Earnest Elliot Elliot Templeton was a man whose greatest concern was his social status or what big social event was next on his calendar. He cared deeply about what his peers thought of him, and he only really spoke to people of great importance. He wouldn’t take time to talk to somebody if he didn’t think they couldn’t help him in some way or another. He was always thinking of others in the sense of what they could do for him. He did often help others, but most of the time he always expected something in return. Elliot was always a very generous man, but most of the time it seemed like he only did things to be acknowledged by others. Before Elliot dies the only thing he wants is an invitation to Edna’s party, which the narrator ultimately gets for him. But prior to receiving the invitation Elliot comes to
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Unformatted text preview: realize that people dont really care about him anymore. He wasnt in the spotlight anymore, and there was really nothing that he could do about it. Elliot says, Now Im old and sick they have no use for meIve turned myself inside out to do them favors. And what have I got out of it? Nothing, nothing, nothing. Theres not one of them who cares if I live or die (Maugham 227). Elliot comes to the conclusion that people are no longer concerned about him and he has to accept that. He always learns that all his good deeds were done merely for the sake of doing good deeds. His generosity was not returned to him in the way he expected, and actually not returned at all. Nguyen 2 Work Cited Maugham, Somerset W. The Razors Edge . New York: Doubleday, Doran and Co., 1944....
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