Watcher Essay

1158 words - 5 pages

The Watcher

     This incredible short story is about a little boy named Charlie Bradley, who isn't like all the other kids his age. He was a very sick boy. Charlie had a loving mother who cared for him when he was sick. They seemed to have both one terrible thing in common, a bad chest. The Bradleys did not own a television set, so Charlie had to find different means of entertainment on his long sick days at home. He learned that if he kept quiet and still, the adults would have labeled him to be part of the furniture. On his days home, Charlie received glimpses into the adult world of common topics like misery and scandals. These relations and encounters with the adults had drastically matured Charlie before his time. Later on that year, Mabel Bradley, his mother, was sent to the hospital because the condition of her chest had worsened.
When Charlie's mother got sick, his father took charge of the chores in the house.
Charlie did not like his father very much, he described him as '…a desolate, lanky, drooping weed of a man who married late in his life but nevertheless had been easily domesticated.';(3) His mother's sickness and departure seriously afflicted his father. In spite of the fact that Charlie portrays of his father, he was a soft and sentimental man who loved his wife. Once he had the chance to dispose of Charlie, he went to visit his wife in the hospital. Although they are father and son, Charlie does not seem to appreciate the time he spends with him. At the end of the school year, Charlie was shipped off to his grandmother's, Grandma Bradley.

     Grandma Bradley was a striking woman. She was six feet tall, strong, hefty and in terrific shape for he age. Charlie's grandmother loved to spend her free time in town playing bridge, canasta or whist. She did not care much for her health and smoked sixty, thin individually rolled cigarettes a day. Grandma Bradley lived on a farm in a two-story house, with two mountainous piles of manure in the abandoned barn out back. She took care of all the families problems. Charlie's cousin Criselda was sent there when she became pregnant and his uncles Ernie and Ed stayed at their mother's to hide from people. His grandmother is not very open-minded and says what's on her mind at any time. For example as soon as Charlie's father' maroon Meteor, car, pulled out of the drive way she stated; 'I don't chew my words twice. If you're like any of the rest of them I've had here, you've been raised as wild as a goddamn Indian. Not one of my grandchildren have brought up to mind……… I don't jaw and blow hot air to jaw and blow hot air. I belted your father when he needed it, and make no mistake I'll belt you. Is that understood?';


s…l belt you. Is that understood?'; (6). She acted like a military officer from the Second World War. Charlie did...

Find Another Essay On Watcher

Analysis of Guy Vanderhaeghe's Short Story, "The Watcher" In relation to Margaret Atwood's essay "Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature."

1245 words - 5 pages Literature", Atwood goes into great detail about this idea of survival and victimization, she outlines her four victim positions with the intention of increasing understanding of Canadian literature, and how these guidelines apply to anyone, Canadian or otherwise. In "The Watcher", by Guy Vanderhaeghe, Atwood's concepts can be used to identify and understand the position of Vanderhaeghe's main character, Charlie Bradley, as well as increase

Oedipus - A Freud and Aristole View

574 words - 2 pages feelings of pity of fear, which will help the reader or watcher of the play to reach his/her catharsis experience, which is a calling forth and purging of emotions. Aristotle believes that the best type of tragedy occurs when a person whom is an average (or one who posses good and bad qualities) citizen undergoes a change in fortune. This is best portrayed when a respected individual with an excellent reputation goes through disaster that results in

Comparison of Three Short Stories from Michael Ondaatje's collection "From Ink Lake".

1641 words - 7 pages collection "From Ink Lake" the stories which precede and follow it and their respective meanings can be used as a guide to shed greater light on Ferron's work. One must consider the meanings of these stories, Clark Blaise's "Dreaming of Rocket Richard", and Guy Vanderhaeghe's "The Watcher", in relation to Ferron's work as in this case Ondaatje, working as an editor, has purposely selected stories comment on one another; possible creating meaning

A comparison of Buffy and Dracula.

2065 words - 8 pages meaningful factor. Giles also has no astonishing qualities yet he holds authority due to his wisdom and inner knowledge, allowing him to act as a patriarchal figure to the younger 'Slayerettes'.Giles's role as a patriarchal figure is also a important factor in the sense that it depicts the male domination over women. As her Watcher, he is a passive figure, maintaining a supportive and nurturing, rather than active role. As a powerful figure in the

Adverse Event Analysis

1033 words - 4 pages The goal of patient safety is to prevent harm to patients Mitchell (n.d.). Patient safety in any health system is critical not only for the credibility of the system, but for patient trust and satisfaction as well. Adverse outcomes are defined as any injury or harm resulting from medical care (Watcher, 2008). Adverse outcomes can result in death and disability and cost the health system dearly. Bernard and Encinosa (2004) reported that in the

This essay is about the film ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST it explains several social psychological theories and influencing behaviours

1107 words - 4 pages because they do not want to be labelled as a nonconformist or unique. Unique person means for conformists he or she is externalised from the society. As a result of that conformist people afraid of being unique because they need social supports that help them to show their ideas. As a watcher people can understand from the film that Mac Murphy does not afraid of such things. He brakes the rules oppose the social norms and people can label him as a

Nutrtion Diet Program Analysis

777 words - 3 pages Jean Nidetch initially created the Weight Watchers diet plan in 1963 when she invited friends over for a weekly meeting about weight loss. Weight Watcher is now in 30 different countries around the world. In North America 20,000, meetings are held each week. (Northwestern, 2005) This diet is a weight loss program derived through the study of science. By keeping up to date on the latest medical and scientific research, Weight Watchers is able to

A Rose for Emily

752 words - 3 pages Coleman). His timing and appropriate pauses allow the watcher to anticipate the next frame and wonder what the neighbors will find in Emily's boarded room. For the average watcher, i.e., one who has not read Faulkner's story themselves, the short video's composition is linked well enough to at least encourage the observer to read the story for missing elements. Accurate quotations from the story are effective when portraying the focal scene of


1003 words - 4 pages signed a document stating he saw the devil, but quickly changed his mind and begged the court to "leave [him his] name" when the court denied his plea he was taken to be hanged in front of the whole town. His hanging was the last scene in the movie, which left the watcher wondering what was going to happen in Salem.The overall theme of the movie is the importance of one's reputation. The townspeople may not have lived in luxury, but their names

why do people migrate

885 words - 4 pages factors effects the watcher decision of watching it at home or at the theater.First, comfort is the first factor I would think of when I want to decide whether watching the movie at home or at the theater. In contrast, at the theater the way you want to sit is not an option since the seats are adjusted into a certain position; in addition, there is a limited room for you to sit at the theater seats which is unconfutable. But at home it is a whole


2075 words - 9 pages rooms to avoid thefts or cameras in workplace´s bathrooms to avoid idling or smoking represents a paradigmatic observation system at which surveillance puts at stake the intimacy of people. All these surveillance systems establish a psychological effect at which the watcher feels powerful by disempowering all those who are being watched but don´t clearly see from where. Claude Frederic Bastiat who was a remarkable economist criticized government

Similar Essays

Watcher Essay

1171 words - 5 pages The Watcher This incredible short story is about a little boy named Charlie Bradley, who isn't like all the other kids his age. He was a very sick boy. Charlie had a loving mother who cared for him when he was sick. They seemed to have both one terrible thing in common, a bad chest. The Bradleys did not own a television set, so Charlie had to find different means of entertainment on his long sick days at home. He learned that if he kept quiet

The Watcher Essay

1382 words - 6 pages Watchers can be very annoying. Every time I try to get my work done, it's always there in front of me, teasing me, taunting me, and gesturing me. I've tried many methods to rid of it, most of which have been unsuccessful. Every person has a watcher whether they believe so or not. Whenever a person gets distracted from something they are doing or supposed to be doing, that's their watcher at work. Their job specifically is to make a

Watcher Tendencies Classification Essay

1090 words - 4 pages throughout society. With these new standards come many different attitudes or point of views about television. These new attitudes or point of views can be classified into four groups that I have named the addicted watcher, the specific show watcher, the occasional watcher and someone that never watches TV.The addicted watcher will include TV into as much of their life as possible. This is the type of person who goes about their daily routine

Eden Robinson's Traplines And Guy Vanderhaeghe's The Watcher”: Tough Decisions With Profound Implications

1459 words - 6 pages Eden Robinson and Guy Vanderhaeghe both present stories about young boys faced with life altering choices in “Traplines” and “The Watcher,” respectively. Charlie tells the surface story of “The Watcher”, while readers get a sense of the deep story in his thoughts about the dysfunctional home he resides in. “Traplines” is presented by Will, although readers get some sense of the deep story, the narrator uses short and simple sentences, which