Thomas's Short Story "Test". Essay

678 words - 3 pages

"Test" Essay"Test" written by Theodore Thomas, is a short story about humanities need for power. The power being that to control others ideas, opinions and self identity, through trepidation of divergence and government control.The short story "Test" is derived from the fear of diversification and self identity. From the moment Robert Proctor wakes up from his hypnosis, the reader sees that the foundation of the world he is living in is based on control. The act of hypnosis itself, is someone going into your mind and telling you exactly what to do. Symbolism abounds in this short story, one in particular is that of the man in the blue uniform. The uniform symbolizes police and government dominance. After Robert signs the application to receive his license, men in white coats come to take him away for "treatment." The men, symbolizing the government machine that is eating up the public in Roberts world. "Killing people doesn't seem to bother you.", "you sick and need treatment." Thomas, here showing the reader that all people have to fit into the mould that is normalcy. The fact that Robert still wanted to drive after the pseudo accident made him "different' and that had to be eradicated immediately. The fear of adversity of thoughts, and feelings is no more greater shown then when Thomas writes "grooves worn into the floor." Suggesting many others have been in Roberts place, making the point that basically all of society goes when Robert did. All the others left over are too scared to drive again, basically making no-one on the road at all.The hypnosis itself refers to another person controlling what you think and do as an individual. In the beginning of the story Thomas describes how Robert felt while driving,"he felt well rested." It is stated that Robert perceives the girl in the opposing car to look innocent and trusting. However, that just might be how the hypnotist interprets her features, Robert might look at her in a completely...

Find Another Essay On Thomas's short story "test".

literacy devices Essay

822 words - 3 pages Dramatic Literacy DevicesAllegory
A symbolic narrative in which the surface details imply a secondary meaning. Allegory often takes the form of a story in which the characters represent moral qualities. The most famous example in English is John Bunyan'sPilgrim's Progress, in which the name of the central character, Pilgrim, epitomizes the book's allegorical nature. Kay Boyle's story "Astronomer's Wife" and Christina Rossetti's poem "Up

R.S Thomas's views on God .

2748 words - 11 pages strong Welsh nationalist, and had very firm beliefs on religious issues. He was an Anglican priest who served the Church of Wales as a parish vicar in several churches.One of Thomas's most blatant writings about God is in a short poem entitled Lord Have Mercy', Thomas writes:'Because we are full of price in our humility and full we belief in our disbelief, Lord have mercy,'Because we protect ourselves from ourselves to the point of destroying our

The Happy Man

1219 words - 5 pages Text Analysis "The Happy Man"The author of the extract under analysis is a well-known English novelist, short-story writer, playwright and essayist. Maugham's education happened at the King's School in Canterbury and Heidelberg University, Germany, before he went on to study medicine at St Thomas's Hospital in London. But his hobby was literature and theatre. Great success as a novelist came with "Of Human Bondage" (1915) which was

The Destructors: Indirect vs. Direct Presentation

1118 words - 4 pages presents the characters indirectly by showing the reader. Direct presentation allows for more of a complete understanding of the characters while indirect presentation forces the reader to make inferences based on dialogue and occurrences throughout the story.Direct presentation is effective especially in the beginning of a short story because the reader gets a primary and absolute insight into each character's emotions, which will in turn allow them

Psychological Tests

2527 words - 10 pages extend from the preschool through the adult age range and are at least as prominent as the Stanford-Binet. As interest in the newly emerging field of psychoanalysis grew in the 1930s, two important projective techniques introduced systematic ways to study unconscious motivation: the Rorschach or inkblot test—developed by the Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach—using a series of inkblots on cards, and a story-telling procedure

A Biography of JS Bach

2661 words - 11 pages hear the great organist Dietrick Buxtehude and attend night concerts. Although Bach was only granted a short time away, he decided to extend his stay and returned to Arnstadt three months late. Bach's return was met with a reprimand, which was not the last time this would happen in Arnstadt. Bach had found a new enthusiasm from his experiences and immediately wanted to display the things he had learned while away. However, when Bach implemented his

The Hero's Journey in The Maze Runner, by James Dashner

2342 words - 9 pages consequences might be." (Dashner). He ran outside the Glades knowing he only had seconds to come back in until the thick, humongous walls closed shut for the night sealing the three Gladers outside. What is worse is this is at night, one extremely tired, one with an injured arm, and Thomas, an inexperienced Glader. They have no idea what they were going to expect. Thomas might have not know it, but he's crossing his very first threshold in the story

Standardized Testing

576 words - 2 pages . There are many students who are smart in their individual class but when it comes to standardized testing they fall short of the expectations. Those are the people which standardized testing is unfair to. This specifically pertains to me, I do well on projects and assignments in class, but tests are a totally different story. I use direct inference to answer questions that don’t make sense to me. III. Racial and Cultural Gap a. The racial

Tennessee Williams: A Great American Author.

2475 words - 10 pages story was in a "pulp" magazine named Weird Tales. That summer, a trip to Europe with his grandfather and their parish, opened his eyes to the world. Until then he had seen very little of the country. That trip cemented Thomas's love for his grandfather, Reverend Dakin.Williams spent three years at the University of Missouri where he joined a fraternity, but flunked the ROTC to the dismay of his father. Tennessee, a nickname given to him by

The Psychometric Test and the Employee Selection Process

1514 words - 6 pages with. GRAHAM, H.T. and BENNETT, R (1998) Human Resource Management. 9th ed., Essex: Financial Times – Pitman Publishing. The article narrates the story of a woman who had taken a psychometric test for the post of a reporter in her local Newspaper. She suggested some of the questions where too easy and looked tricky. She answered the questions according to what the employers may be looking for. At the end of the day, she failed the test

It’s Time to Abolish the ACT and SAT

1035 words - 4 pages learn might have caught the unmotivated student before he or she entered college. Multiple-choice questions determining reading comprehension and grammar skills can easily be substituted with a different, more accurate form of test. In the time allowed for the ACT or SAT test, a student can read a short story from his or her choice of different authors and write a brief essay interrelating the story and his or her own life. Open-ended essay

Similar Essays

This Essay Is About The Short Story "The Test".

762 words - 3 pages "The Test"Having confidence, and believing in students, should be a value all teachers strive to uphold. I have chosen to relate the story, "The Test" to education. The following paper will outline the comparisons I have made between the story and education.Throughout my reading of "The Test", I chose to view Mrs. Ericson as a teacher authority, and Marian as a student. I believe that the inspector represents our society at large. He maintains

"The Destructors" By Graham Greene Essay

523 words - 2 pages All humans are often creative in what they do, and their imagination is based on what they see in their environment. In the short story "The Destructors" by Graham Greene, a group of boys who call themselves the Wormsley Common, are faced with many difficult decisions to make. "It was on the eve of August Bank Holiday that the latest recruit became the leader of the Wormsley Commom Gang"(Graham Greene). Trevor, the new leader and protagonist of

An Investigation Into The Depiction Of Innocence In Dylan Thomas’s Poetry

3177 words - 13 pages suffering on the cross (and similar to the child singing in his chains in Fern Hill). Most importantly the child seems to have the gift of life "" in the sixth stanza when he whispers the truth of his joy to his landscape it "sings alive still in the water and the singingbirds". Thomas's depiction of the child reminds me of Oscar Wilde's depiction of Christ in his short story The Selfish Giant, where he is portrayed as a child with the power to imbue

John F. Kennedy Essay

1289 words - 5 pages garrison and increasing the nation's military strength. Moscow, after the building of the Berlin Wall, relaxed its pressure in central Europe. But now the Russians wanted to install nuclear missiles in Cuba. When John found this out in October 1962, he imposed a quarantine on all offensive weapons. The Russians finally agreed to take the missiles away. John's interest was in stopping the spread of nuclear weapons which led to the test ban treaty of 1963