A Man Who Had No Eyes by MacKinlay KantorThis story tells the events of a chance encounter between two men on the street. One is a respectable gentleman (Parsons), and the other is a beggar (Markwardt). They talk for a while, and Markwardt tries to gain the sympathy of the richer Parsons.
He details the events of how he became blind when the machine shop he worked in was swept up in a chemical fire. He tells the rich man how another larger man pulled him down and climbed over his body to escape the fumes. He is hoping Parsons will give him another half dollar when, surprisingly, Parsons informs Markwardt that his story is wrong and put Markwardt in an awkward position.
A Man Who Had No Eyes
Analisis of Mackinlay Kanter ´s A Man Who Had no Eyes Essay
Parsons and Markwardt were the two victims of a chemical explosion that had occurred 14 years before in Westbury. By chance they ran into each other one day. They had survived a common disaster. They had lost their eyes in the explosion. However, they were totally different from each other.
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I first read this story when I was in school. I remember feeling stunned by the climax. I have read it many times thereafter. Each time, the story creates in me an impact, despite the fact that the climax is no longer a suspense. I have always loved stories that bring out the invisible aspects of human nature to surface and compel us to reflect on the intricacies of the human mind.