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Essay #3 Analysis of Argument in Literature Rough Draft

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Reapor 1 Vanessa Reapor English 145, Section 42 June 8, 2009 Mr. Sumarsono “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” was a quote I learned and was taught to apply since grade school. I always thought it was only relevant to books, and was a tactic of my teachers to get my classmates and I to read books beyond their shiny covers. It wasn’t until later that I discovered the quote had a deeper meaning of being open to the world around us. Thus, in Roxana Robinson’s short story, “Mr. Sumarsono,” Susan, the narrator from Trenton, New Jersey, her sister Kate and mother host Mr. Sumarsono, an Indonesian Diplomat from the United Nations. During his stay, Susan becomes more tolerant with her family. Therefore, through the use of characters, setting, and vivid imagery, Robinson is able to illustrate the importance of intellectual empathy. Susan is embarrassed and annoyed by her mother’s uncharacteristic actions during Mr. Sumarsono’s visit. The embarrassment starts when her mother, Mrs. Riordan shouts for Mr. Sumarsono’s attention, and bombards him with loaded questions. In addition, Susan’s feelings of frustration heighten at dinner when she finds her mother bathed, and wearing a pink dress. In the dining room, Susan was “in the presence of something powerful and alien” (Robinson 37) because her mom planned to use the special plates provided by their grandmother, and ordered her to set up wine glasses. Therefore, Susan lacks breadth due to her lack of empathy. She has been overtly focused on her own thoughts, and is unable to see her mother’s genuine intentions of just trying to be a good host for their visitor.
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