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“The Money Man”
By: Tracie L. Hicks
I was no one special. Just an ordinary fellow. I lived alone in a studio apartment on Maine Avenue here in Washington, D.C. I took a taxicab to work every day. You see, I worked at the Department of the Treasury Bureau of Engraving and Printing here in Washington, D.C. I made money, the paper kind. I worked on the presses dealing with the ink and the plates. Chances are you all have some of the money I made in your wallets right now. It is not a glamorous job. It’s messy, the ink stays with you and is hard to wash off.
My story starts on a day a massive storm hit. It was a Monday night, and I was working on one of the presses. You know all that controversy about climate change and such? I expect it’s true. As I was saying, it was an intense storm, hail the size of baseballs were plummeting the earth. Winds were clocked at 80 to 90 mph. The sound of the thunder rattled the buildings, it felt like an earthquake and not a thunderstorm. The newspapers reported the lightning being so bright it let up the night sky transforming it into day. All I know is, a lightning bolt struck a transformer sending a current through the printing press I was working on. Believe me; you do not want to get that much electricity passing through you. I was out like a light.
I woke up in the hospital a month later. The specialists were amazed to see me alive; they said I should have been dead. They told me they found me hunched over my press. They further informed me that approximately 2,000 individuals are killed throughout the world each year by lightning. That, here in America, 1 in 5,000 have a chance of being struck by lightning, and that 9 out of 10 people survive. They told me the jolt I received should have done me in. That someone on death row, being executed by electrocution gets less electricity passing through them than I received that stormy night. They gave me warnings that there may be memory loss, dizziness, weakness, and numbness. They ran test after test and cleared me. They discharged me, and I went home thinking everything will be just fine.
I returned to work with no complications. Everything was peachy keen, for half of a year. I woke up one night, in a cold sweat. I was having a dream about money. Money in all denominations was falling around me like rain drops. I threw it off as a dream about the work place, which is nothing new. I rose out of bed and stumbled to the toilet, next thing I know I’m pooping out money, legal tender money. It gives a whole new meaning for, ‘shitting a gold brick.’ How do I know it is legal tender? I had it confirmed, told no one where it came from. They wouldn’t believe me anyhow.
Now I use my super powers to aid those in need. I give to the poor to help them return to school, find better jobs, buy food and clothes, help pay their bills, and even help the homeless to find employment and a place to live. I donate to schools, fire stations, law enforcement, and hospitals, among other places. Everyone I have helped is now part of the working force and are helping others. They do not know what I look like or who I am.
I no longer work for the government. I purchased myself a small RV and a bicycle. I travel across America blogging about my adventures. Sharing pictures and tales of the people of this great land. If I see someone in need, truly in need, the Money Man will secretly aid them. The Money Man only helps those that are true. Don’t worry; I clean the money. When the government comes out with new, updated, versions of the money, my body readjusts to the new versions. I can only make the United States money, sorry.
As seen at SNHU Odyssey
Slated to appear in Spooky Dreams and Nightmares Collection
On my Facebook Author Page, I started a Microfiction weekend. I post a picture on a Friday, and it stays up until Monday morning. You are to write a short story about the picture. You can write a drabble (100 words), a dribble (50 words), twitterature (140- characters) or a six-word story. I will close it out on a Monday and upload the screenshots of the stories posted here on the website. You can continue with the Microfiction writing here on the website, by posting your short, short story in the comments section below.
You may write your Micro-fiction (100 words or less) in the comments below.
On my Facebook Author Page, I started a Microfiction weekend. I post a picture on a Friday, and it stays up until Monday morning. You are to write a short story about the picture. You can write a drabble (100 words), a dribble (50 words), twitterature (140- characters) or a six-word story. I will close it out on a Monday and upload the screenshots of the stories posted here on the website. You can continue with the Microfiction writing here on the website, by posting your short, short story in the comments section below. Happy Hunting.
“Beowulf” is one of the longest poems translated into English. Many believe that the epic poem was written down over twelve hundred years ago. The writer was going by Germanic oral poetry, using heroic language, style, Christianity and the pagan world. (Beowulf, 36—37).
It is possible that the writer was a Christian, due to the Christian elements we see throughout the poem. Per Salem Press Encyclopedia, that the original story was altered by incorporating the Christian belief system (Campbell, 2016). Again, the original story could be Christian base (Beowulf, 37). That is something to think about while reading the story.
The story tells of a man named Beowulf and three of his adventures, with highlights from some of his other adventures. The adventures show his way from warrior to king.
There are many translations of the epic poem:
Discussion questions (Penguin)
- Why are their ancestors so important to the warriors in Beowulf?
- Identify and discuss the Christian influences on the poem.
- Identify and discuss the Viking/Scandinavian elements in the poem.
- Discuss the code of loyalty in Beowulf. How is the society structured? What is important to the warriors in Beowulf? What qualities did they feel a good king should possess? What do they consider “courageous”?
- Discuss the battle between good and evil in the poem. Who represents good? Who represents evil?
- Discuss the role of women in this patriarchal world. Cite examples from the text.
- Is Beowulf a hero? Why/why not?
- Discuss the role of reputation in Beowulf. Cite examples from the text.
- Compare and contrast the battles with Grendel and the dragon. Consider the cause of each monster’s attack, Beowulf’s motivation for countering the attack, Beowulf’s battle preparations, and the conclusions of each battle.
- Discuss the behavior of Beowulf’s men in each of these battles.
- What attitudes and actions lead to Beowulf’s downfall? Defend your answer with examples.
- Do you think the poem is original in its Christian elements or has the original poem been altered and certain “Pagan” elements were switched to Christian elements?
- How do the women play a role?
- What literary devices to see in the epic poem?
Literary Theory Responses:
What form(s) of Literary Theory(ies) would you use and why? Use excerpts from the novel to back your theory(ies).
Moral Criticism, Dramatic Construction (~360 BC-present)
Formalism, New Criticism, Neo-Aristotelian Criticism (1930s-present)
Psychoanalytic Criticism, Jungian Criticism(1930s-present)
Marxist Criticism (1930s-present)
Reader-Response Criticism (1960s-present)
New Historicism/Cultural Studies (1980s-present)
Post-Colonial Criticism (1990s-present)
Feminist Criticism (1960s-present)
Gender/Queer Studies (1970s-present)
Critical Race Theory (1970s-present)
[List of Literary Theories from Purdue OWL]
“Beowulf,” Trans. Seamus Heaney. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Stephen Greenblatt. 9th ed., Vol. A. New York, NY, W.W. Norton, 2012, p.41 and pp. 36-37
Campbell, Josephine. “Medieval Literature.” Salem Press Encyclopedia of Literature, January. EBSCOhost, ezproxy.snhu.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ers&AN=98402286&site=eds-live&scope=site.