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Courtney Riddle
10/21 Discussion
Fri Oct 21, 2011 12:58pm
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For the Boyle paper, I decided to write a compare and contrast paper for “On for the Long Haul” and “The Human Fly.” I chose these two stories because I saw a lot of similarities between them, such as the way certain characters, like the agents, acted and their motives behind those actions. The main characters were also very similar. Characters like the human fly’s agent, reminded me of Sam Arkson from “On for the Long Haul” because neither of them were very ethical in the way they conducted their businesses. In “The Human Fly,” the agent would talk himself into letting this broken down man do insane stunts just so he could be famous, which eventually allowed the agent to become well-known. In “On for the Long Haul,” Arkson too profited off Wemp’s family; even though Wemp died in the end, Arkson made his money so it didn’t make much of a difference to him whether Wemp was granted the safety he so desperately pursued. Both “agents” profited off death with seemingly no remorse, showing that they would go to any length for their own sake, being business and ultimately money. Even the main characters were similar, because they were both obsessed with certain ideas. Wemp was obsessed with this idea of complete protection for himself and his family, and the human fly was obsessed with his desire to be famous. The major difference I found between these two stories is that the human fly eventually gets what he wants, but Wemp doesn’t. The irony of it all was that Wemp went to all of these extents just to have this “ultimate safety,” and ends up getting killed by his neighbor. For textual support, I am going to find quotes that show how the agent from “The Human Fly” had to talk himself into letting the human fly do all of these stunts that are pretty much a death wish, and how he profited so much off of his death, since he got so much more business afterwards. I am also going to find examples of the human fly’s pursuit for fame, and how much it meant to him, even if he had to achieve it in death. I will find examples from “On for the Long Haul” about Arkson’s business and how much it cost Wemp and his family to move there. Also, I know there are some good descriptions of how paranoid Wemp and his wife are.

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