The Jockey by Carson McCullers

             In Carson McCullers, "The Jockey,” there involves an uproar of disapproval of the actions of an owner of horses from one of his riders. The jockey is a man, small in stature but strong in his beliefs, that knows he is acting reasonably but whose arguments are still not considered worthwhile by the men he is attempting to converse with. He believes something should be done for his young friend who was badly injured on the race track six months prior, however, the men in control believe they have done all they can and do not wish to grant the young man special treatment.

             Initially the jockey walks into the dining room and attempted to look dignified by standing and examining the room for a moment, raising his chin and tilting his head back, and then walking rigidly to the corner where three men he knew were sitting. He walks as if he believes he is better than everyone else and should be treated as if he were of utmost importance in everyone else's mind. When he presents his argument, the fact that he believes the young boy can once again ride a horse even though he now has a slight disability; the owner states that he cannot do what the jockey asks of him which triggers an uproar from the jockey. The jockey is an unreasonable man who is unable to deal cope with the realities of life. He displays this through violent uproars and speech.

             The jockey creates scenes by acting unreasonably towards the three men at the table; he is unable to control his passions and lets out his feelings in an uncontrollable rage. However, the jockey believes he is only responding to the actions of the men he is talking to. He does not realize how irrational his actions are- he believes them to be a normal response to the inconsiderate rulings of the horse owner. .

             The jockey shakes the table at which he is sitting and yells violently when the men ask him to be reasonable. He does not know how he can be when they make no effort to help his young friend.

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