"A Man Who Had No Eyes" is a short story written by American author MacKinlay Kantor. It tells the story of an interaction between Mr. Parsons, a prosperous insurance salesman, and a blind beggar who approaches him on the street.
The story begins with Mr. Parsons leaving his hotel, where he is noticed by a blind man with a disheveled appearance. The blind man begins trying to sell Mr. Parsons a lighter, claiming it's the best lighter ever made. Eventually, Mr. Parsons agrees to purchase the lighter. The two men continue talking, and the blind man relays the story of how he became blind, explaining that he was in an chemical explosion at a workshop 14 years ago. The beggar finishes his story with the declaration that a fellow worker prevented him from escaping the catastrophe by pulling him back and crawling over his body; he claims this worker is responsible for his blindness in an attempt to get more money from Mr. Parsons.
At the end of the beggar's story, Mr. Parsons reveals that he was also in the accident and was in fact the person who was pulled back into the workshop. After calling the beggar by name, Mr. Parsons listens to the beggar's angry diatribe before explaining that the accident also left him blind.Learn More
"The Man to Send Rainclouds" is set on an Indian reservation in the American Southwest. The story was inspired by an incident that occurred near Laguna, New Mexico. It involves the death and burial of a Laguna Pueblo tribesman. Leslie Marmon Silko's retelling earned her recognition as writer of promise.Full Answer >
The character Teofilo in the short story "The Man to Send Rain Clouds" by Leslie Marmon Silke is the old man who is found dead under the big cottonwood tree. He is also the title character of the story and a Native American. It is his funeral that causes the cultural conflict between the Native Americans and the young Catholic priest.Full Answer >
In the strictest sense, the conflict between man and the supernatural can be described as a conflict between man and anything that is not of nature. Supernatural is defined "that which is beyond nature or explainable by natural law." Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula" is a good example of a man versus supernatural conflict because Dracula is a character who defies nature.Full Answer >
In Edward Everett Hale's "The Man Without a Country," U.S. Army officer Philip Nolan is tried and found guilty for treason, exiled and sentenced to life on U.S. Navy warships. Over time, he realizes how little he appreciated America and how much he truly loves his country.Full Answer >