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There's a Man in the Habit of Hitting me in the Head with an
Transcript of There's a Man in the Habit of Hitting me in the Head with an
By: Jeannette, Sophia and Noah
There are two men in this story and 1 man is in the habit of hitting the other man on the head with an umbrella. When this first started the man couldn't stand being hit in the head but now he's used to it since it's been 5 years. The man doesn't know the name of this person hitting him but he does know that he wears a grey suit, has a common face and is graying around the temples.
The man became very frustrated with the other man that kept hitting him. He asked him if he was crazy, he didn't answer, he threatened to call the police but the man still continued hitting him. The man did not change his attitude.
This man that is hitting the other man with the umbrella feels pain, he is weak, he is mortal and he could disappear with a single bullet. The man later realized that he couldn't live without those blows. He suddenly feels this anxiety eating at his soul-anxiety stemming from the thought that when he needs this man with the umbrella most, he will not be there and the man will no longer feel the umbrella taps that now helps him sleep so soundly.
The man being hit stood up and punched the other man in the nose. He fell to the floor and let out a moan. Right after, the man got back up on his feet and he began hitting the man again with the umbrella. The man's nose was bleeding and the man that hit him felt kind of sorry for him. So, instead the man thought he would try to escape from the madman hitting him. The man being hit began to run and the other man took off after him trying to land a blow. He then noticed the man was getting tired and he thought that if the man kept running he might drop dead right there. So, he decided to come to a halt and the man, once again, began hitting him on the head with the umbrella.
The man considered shooting the man hitting him. He even considered shooting himself. But he did think about what would happen if the two of them were dead. For all he knew the man could still be hitting him with his umbrella even if they were both dead. This idea could end up being totally pointless. So, then man decided that he wouldn't kill himself or the man hitting him.
The narrator is the person being tapped on the head by the antagonist. The protagonist describes himself as an ordinary person with an unusual problem. He describes the antagonist as an ordinary appearing person with an obsession. The antagonist is described as a gray man with a common face who has an obsession of tapping the protagonist incessantly on the head with an umbrella. The character of the protagonist is better developed than the character of the antagonist. The narrator's attitude towards the antagonist starts with hostility and develops into acceptance. He even feels remorseful for hitting back the umbrella man. The attitude of the umbrella man does not change at all throughout the story. The protagonist is rounder than the antagonist because his feelings and observation of the world around him are described. The antagonist is flat because all that is described is his neutral physical appearance and his obsessive actions. He shows no expression and is "impervious" to his surroundings. The narrator's actions are affected by the circumstances of day to day life and by his irritation with the antagonist. The umbrella man's actions appear to be unaffected by anything. He just robotically taps the protagonist head with an umbrella.
On the surface the main problem the protagonist must face is a man constantly tapping him on the head with an umbrella. He is wrestling with some undefined insecurity which shows up when he talks himself out of going to the police for help. He also talks himself out of admitting his problem to the staring crowd on the bridge. The protagonist indicates that he doesn't believe the antagonist is real by noting that the antagonist doesn't eat or sleep or react to the world around him other than to tap the protagonist head. Perhaps the protagonist is struggling with the realization that his life is limited and the taps are measuring out him remaining time. Perhaps the protagonist is struggling with a metal illness, involving persistent hallucinations (such as schizophrenia). These conflicts are internal because they are happening in his own mind. The major conflict is moving towards resolution because the protagonist is becoming very comfortable with the umbrella man's presence, to the point where he fears the umbrella man might leave him for good. The problem is not solved yet because the umbrella man is still there and the narrator needs to go seek help about his visions.
Overall, I think the moral lesson of the story is not to take advantage of the things you have in life because one day those things could be taken away from you just when you need them most. Think of it this way, your siblings are sometimes like the man with the umbrella, always there annoying you and making you mad and sometimes you feel like punching them like the man did to the other man. But you can't take your siblings for granted because one day, maybe when you need them most they might not be there and you would wish they were.
Another message of the story could be that we have limited time on earth and we can't let the little things annoy us or make us mad. The man let the man hitting him make him so mad, so he punched him. He later realized he shouldn't have hit him and gotten so mad because in the end he wouldn't want anything bad to happen to the man.
In conclusion, I think this story is a metaphor of life. In life you will constantly be hit with an "umbrella" meaning that there will always be challenges in your life that you will have to overcome to become a better person.
Point of View
Setting and Mood
At first we thought that the story took place in California, but when we realized that the story was in the protagonists imagination it made sense that the story took place in the man's head. The mood of the story could be repetitive or imaginary.
The point of view in the story is first person limited because all of the thoughts, feelings, and opinions of the main character are known to the reader and all we know about the man with the umbrella is what he looks like and his main personality trait which is repetitively tapping the other man on the head with his umbrella