The narrator paints Loaf out to be this nice, older man, who loves his wife and looks after his sailor tenants like they are his children. Then, in walks Jim. And Loaf’s first thought is “he was staring at the biggest, strangest, blackest man he’d ever seen in all his life. Loaf was frightened and felt weak and puny marred to Jim.
Jim proceeds to ask for a room for about five or six days. Once Loaf hands him a key to the room, he notices how large Jims hands are and that he could kill him with one blow. Loaf then shows him to his room and Jim says, “l wants a bottle of whiskey and a woman, can you fix me up? ” Loaf says ‘Yes”, he was used to doing that for his other tenants. He hesitates, but when he gets back to his office his calls up Lena to have her come over for Jim.When she arrived he made sure to tell her how big and black Jim was, Lena just said she could handle him. After that, for the entire time Jim stayed there he requested Lena every night. On the sixth night Jim comes in to Loaf’s office commands him to “stand up! ” Loaf is paralyzed, he thinks Jim is about to attack him and maybe even kill him. Slowly, Loaf stands up and Jim circles his fingers around Loaf s neck.
Not closing, but massaging gently, moving back and forth. Then Jim starts to laugh and Loaf says, “Please don’t hurt me. And in turn, still laughing, Jim says, “l wouldn’t hurt you, box/’ and then leaves. Loaf falls to his chair and starts to cry, he thought believes Jim was mocking him ND showing how easily he could kill him. After that he dreamed about revenge. A year later Jim is back, and Loaf thinks he has his chance at revenge at last. But, Loaf was wrong all along. The reason Jim had put his fingers around his neck was because he wanted to make shirts for Loaf to thank him for helping him with Lena because Jim was in love with Lena.
So in the end the real antagonist was Loaf because he was extremely prejudice of Jim and it was just the way Loaf described Jim that made him look like he was the antagonist. The second story I thought of for conflict was “The Lottery”, especially after eating the Cultural Context portion. The story is seen as a protest against totalitarianism, so I believe the protagonist would actually be presented as what they see as tradition, because Old Man Warner called the people in the north village a “pack of crazy fools” because they were talking about giving up the lottery.Then, the antagonist would be change and growth because the younger towns are starting to give up the older traditions of the lottery.
The third story thought of would be “The Storm”. At first the only real conflict is that a bad storm is about to roll in and Bonito and his son Bibb are tuck at the store when Bobbin’s wife, Cyclical is at home, by herself, and Bibb is worried that she’ll be afraid.Then, Alice, who is a friend, shows up at Calcite’s house.
They start to kiss, then the kissing leads to sex and by the time they finish Alice leaves right before Bibb and Bonito walk in the door. When Alice gets home he writers to his wife, who’s on vacation with their kids to say she should stay a while longer because he was getting on nicely. Once she received the letter she was happy too because she was enjoying her break from him as well.