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Who is Colonel Sherburn, and what aspect of human nature does he criticize?
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Colonel Sherburn is a store-owner and the richest man in town. He is insulted by a drunk man named Boggs in the "Arkansaw" chapter (ch. 22). In regards to the mob speech, he describes humanity as being cowardly because of the mob mentality it has. The lynching mob is seen as sheep-like because it has a one-track mind: people see an opportunity to take justice into their own hands but never really question the motive/reason. The wave metaphor is used to parallel this concept. Lastly, the crowd is easily swayed by Sherburn's speech on cowardice.
Posted by yaday on December 14, 2008 at 11:35 PM (Answer #1)
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