"The Carpet" By Poul Watts. Essay

1647 words - 7 pages

"The Carpet" is an English short story written by Poul Watts and printed in 1969. This story is very much in chronological order. The story's amount of time is about the time you take to read it. So it's very simple and accessible for everybody to read. We are introduced to a little boy, who stays anonymous throughout the story. He is confused and insecure with his own life and how he should behave. He endures with some problems. These are reflected through the carpet and divided into 3 different sections, which I will tell you more about later in the essay. This boy has challenged himself to get from the top of the stairs to the front door following the carpet without touching certain spots. On the whole this is basically what this short story is about, but of course when you read be-tween the lines something lies beneath the surface.This story takes places in a very rich environment. The family consisting of a mother and her son have at least one storey with an apparently expensive carpet leading down the stairs to the entrance. Another argument for how rich this family are is the tennis lawn we hear about. "A tremendous carpet. Bigger than the tennis lawn." (Line 17-18).The boy we hear about seems to be a perfectly normal kid, who apparently had been out playing and had got a cut. He finds this scab on his kneecap fascinating. The humans' ability to convalesce is to him an admiring thing. And he bumps into the well-known temptation, to pick the scab of the cut. The scab lands on the carpet, which is the next thing to immediately catch the boy's attention. He is quickly fascinated again and we are told in specific details how this carpet looks like. Not much later he has quickly invented a challenge, a children's game, which shows he has a good imagination. "You see, he told himself, I know how it is. The red parts of the carpet are red-hot lumps of coal. What I must do is this: I must walk all the way along it to the front door without touching them. If I touch the red I will be burnt. As a matter of fact, I will be burned up completely. And the black parts of the carpet...yes, the black parts are snakes, poisonous snakes... and if I touch one of them, I'll be bitten and I'll die before tea time." (Line 23-31). To me this kind of game is very familiar to a child. I can easily turn back time and see myself inventing games, where you ought to follow certain ways without touching certain details. For example walking on the pave-ment avoiding lines between each flagstone. Or if you just walk in a straight line keeping your bal-ance. So this invented game and his lively imagination is very a normal behaviour to me. We are also informed that this spontaneous game inventiveness is not the first time. "For someone who had only yesterday triumphantly travelled the whole length of the brick path from the stables to the summer-house without touching the cracks, this carpet thing should not be too difficult. (Line 43-46). If you read between the lines in...

Find Another Essay On "The Carpet" by Poul Watts.

Home and Community Development Essay

1153 words - 5 pages and setbacks. The problems I come into a lot are things like carrying a three hundred pound roll carpet on my back up two flights of stairs, nailing tack strip down into concrete, small injuries, to solve these problems I try to man up and hike the carpet up my back and keep taking the stairs step by step, or I drill more holes before I hammer the strip down, or I put some superglue on the injury. I have found there will most always be a

Personal Energy Audit Lab Essay

778 words - 4 pages Objectives • To measure family's daily energy usage in watts, kilowatts, and kilowatt hours. • To calculate the needed energy resources of coal, oil, natural gas, and uranium to supply your family with energy. • To compare the costs of these energy resources. • To evaluate the "best" energy resources in terms of more than just direct cost • To propose five methods of energy conservation Introduction We are dependent on energy for almost

Carpet Weavers Morrocco A poem written by Carol Rumens Written by Marium Saud Japanwala

1210 words - 5 pages Carpet-Weavers, MoroccoCarol RumensByMarium Saud JapanwalaRumens, through the title of her poem is portraying a scene in Morocco, consisting of carpet weavers. This establishes a theme of work which runs throughout the poem. The title however, does not launch or even give a faint idea of the major theme contained in the poem, i.e. of social injustice and child labour.The poem begins with 'The children', hence taking us by surprise. Nowhere in

Choices

1151 words - 5 pages Individual choices change from time to time, but certain choices change the individual life and everything around it. In this book the characters make choices that will change their lives forever. One of the important choices in the book is Matilda’s choice to leave the island. Also, Mr. Watts’ choice to leave the white world and live on an island with his black wife (Grace), where he is the only white person, his choice is an important choice

MIP House Design

977 words - 4 pages Clarify My task is to find a suitable house for Ms Afonso to live in. I have to calculate how much the house will cost including tiling, carpeting, skirting, labour by tradespeople and house price etc. Once I've worked out the total price I have to write Ms Afonso a letter giving her the reasons for the decisions that I made about her home and the amount of building equipment that will be required in order for the labourers to begin work as soon

IT Project in the Health Industry for ZAP Pharmaceutical

1528 words - 6 pages Interior Design Sheba’s Office Equipment Iris Future Bldg. Manager The memo was signed by us. She was there at the time. Recommend arranging for the inspections to keep the project going. The type of carpet is not important as long as the telephone hub open on time. That is the most important thing. Even that the price is steep, pay the extra costs to keep the project on schedule. Tony IT Project lead The contract is the contract and Bear is

ISO 9000 between year 2004- 2014

1453 words - 6 pages Gertsen, Poul Hensen, Jan Frick (2004), Katerina D. Gotzamani,Ypatia D. Theodorakiglou, George D. Tsiotras (2006) 2.0 Certification of ISO 9000 ISO 9000 is a series of standards that establish by International Organizational for Standardization. ISO is about the standards which is provide the guidance or tools for company and organization to maintain and improve their quality of product and service in order to meet

Marketing Mix Strategy to Achieve Marketing Objectives

935 words - 4 pages . Interface is well known as the global best provider of commercial carpet tiles. The organization deals with selling and leasing carpet tiles. Due to the recent poor performance by Interface, its product determination should be integrated to form part of its marketing strategy. The marketing department of ESA should mainly focus on the market segmentation as per the department requirements of the potential customers so as to meet the demands of

Imperialism in the Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

1038 words - 5 pages Humans, being a visually oriented species, lack objectivity in their actions and observations; two people could interpret any particular incident in countless ways. Joseph Conrad’s attitude towards imperialism in Heart of Darkness ignited a flame of controversy. Cedric Watts and Chinua Achebe, two prominent writers, took different sides on this seemingly endless debate; a debate originating from the “darkness”. In Watts’s Indirect Methods

Preventative and Corrective Strategies in the Classroom

1040 words - 5 pages achievement. Therefore students receive positive feedback for trying hard, but may be unsuccessful with the task. Educators must also look for assets in each student as it encourages the student to display the positive behaviour exemplified by assets such as cooperation, persistence and loyalty (Edwards and Watts, 2004). Whilst doing this, educators must establish a relationship of mutual respect by not only being kind to the students by also displaying an

Blue-Collar African American Life in Killer of Sheep by Charles Burnett

1249 words - 5 pages response to arrest of Marquette Fry by the LAPD (Civil Rights Digital Library). Poor living conditions, high unemployment and harsh racial treatment were occurring in outraged the community of Watts. Frye’s arrest was the catalyst to many days of violence. There was an enormous amount of media coverage of the riots, giving the American population a glimpse into horrifying scenes that took place (Massood). It took a week for peace to be restored to

Similar Essays

Spiritello Baptized And 33rd Branded Essay

1174 words - 5 pages living in a sandcastle in the garden or when playing on a beach. On a Saturday, when his sister Beatrix came home from the boarding school, Poul had asked her there the little voice in his head came from. Whom it was, asking questions, talking to him, giving advice, make him laugh and comfort when he felt sad. The name Enoon was out of use and soon replaced by a much more aggressive call sign. First, everybody called Poul “Copper Beard,” because

Carpet Cleaning Advice Essay

661 words - 3 pages bearing the Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI) seal of approval are generally safe to use on any type/color carpet. Still, it would be wise to test it on a small concealed area of carpet. Follow manufacturer's directions, remembering not to scrub the area vigorously. Preventive measures go a long way toward keeping carpets clean. By placing mats inside and outside doorways, a great deal of dirt stays outside where it belongs. This may sound strange

Research Paper On Bacterial Colonies In Households. Includes Technical Information On Different Bacterial Growth Factors And Examples

907 words - 4 pages dirtiest. In fact, the carpet has the most bacteria. I thought that the doorknob would have the most amount of bacteria because, like coins, people touch it often. The carpet seems to contain the most amount of bacteria by a nose. Doorknob comes in second place. The carpet bacteria must be stimulated by the dirt on our feet, socks, and/or shoes. This can be the basis of a next science experiment.My Sources Are:NASD: Keep Foods SafeDeMarco Energy Miser FAQshttp://csm.jmu.edu/biology/courses/bio380/LecNotes/GrowthN.htmlA+ Projects in Biology by Janice VanCleave

Domino 004 The Roman Bicyle

692 words - 3 pages escaping in the trousers, however, told with words, sound, gestures, colors and odors, some horse manor workers were not used to. It was not the contents; it was the way it was related. All inventions! Based on maintaining Domination! Dominating by Political or Dominating with Religious power. Now, in the eyes of the aborigines, the eldest brother had gone too far. He had dared to push the provocation to its extreme, bringing his youngest brother Poul on his Roman Bicycle to “the school behind the station,” on the first school day! How had he dared something like that in 1944?