Take a stance on Ike
I am trying to write an essay on this. So far, I have come up with the following:
Ike is slightly pathetic because-
he sleeps with his wife knowing her intentions
he runs away from his responsibilities by repudiating his inheritance.
he repudiates his ancestral property to his own cousin thereby still leaving it in the family
he still accepts a pension from cousin Mccaslin.
he thinks he can live off of the gold in the sliver cup.
he lives in the bunglow his wife's family gave them even though she turns her back on him.
he still joins the hunt for old ben knowing that it would symbolize end of the forest.
he does nothing to protect the woods
one can think of the chances he missed to kill the bear as also running away from the responsibilities of a hunter
What do you folks think?
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With regards to his rejection of his birthright, Ike has made a personal choice to live his life with simple values and honest work. While Ike could inherit the plantation and live much more easily, he feels satisfaction in carpentry and with his choice. While he is not taking a stand for society, he is exercising his own personal freedom.
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