Essay on Should A Person Throw Away Their Morals?

1673 Words Nov 14th, 2014 7 Pages
Should a person throw away their morals for their pride? Ethan’s Canin’s short story “The Palace Thief” is a story of William Hundert, a history teacher at St. Benedict’s School. Hundert says “that the school was his [Hundert’s] life” showing how truly proud he is to be teaching at that school. (Canin, p. 155). After five years of teaching there, Hundert receives Sedgewick Bell as his student. Sedgewick Bell, son of Senator Sedgewick Hyram Bell, causes much mischief in Hundert’s class and Hundert is determined to mold him. Through Hundert’s interactions with Sedgewick and his actions as time passes, the readers are able to see how Hundert possesses a very large amount of pride. When Sedgewick Bell first enters Hundert’s class, he does not make a good first impression on Hundert. His first several months in St. Benedict’s are full of puerile actions that makes Hundert belief that he is nothing but a dullard. He did not do well on his exam not being able to answer a question that Hundert believed “an average wood-beetle in the floor of my classroom could have done so with ease” (Canin, p. 159). Following several mischievous actions from Sedgewick, Hundert goes and talks to Sedgewick’s father, Senator Bell. During his conversation with the Senator, Hundert tells the Senator how “It’s my job, sir, to mold your son’s character” (Canin, p. 163). The Senator responded that Hundert’s job is merely to teach Sedgewick not to mold him. Following this Hundert begins to feel pity for…

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