Correspondingly, in the short stories Arena by Frederic Brown and Through Thy Bounty by Lucy A. Snyder; both writers use the same elements of Dyspepsia and manage to emphasize the same aspects of humanity through different characters. In both short stories the heroes arise from within the Dyspepsia. This element of dyspepsia is used in both short stories, however, Braun and Snyder choose protagonists with completely different characteristics. Such as, Carson, a soldier chosen at random by a mystical entity. Carson was sucked into a destiny previously chosen for him, without in any freedom or choice.
In contrast the chef’s mom was a woman who willingly sacrificed herself for her child and the rest of the human race ND was fully aware of all the circumstances surrounding her decisions. Ultimately, both characters are used to show the fight for justice, a very controversial human aspect. In Through Thy Bounty, when the chefs mother died she said she was “carving a cross into [her] chest” [Snyder 1 1 1], this is a metaphor comparing her mother to Christ which represents the fight for justice in dying for a greater cause.
Moreover, the chef also continues the fight for justice after she realizes her mother’s sacrifice, this is made evident when she says, “CT]he realization hits me, and I curse myself for not itching on sooner, for letting my grief blind me to what my mother has planned” [Snyder 1 1 1], and after this she continues her mother’s fight for justice. Also, in Arena, he also fought for justice when he was exhausted and his strength was diminishing, it says that “he was, he knew, at the end of his endurance.
Yet he didn’t dare stop moving now ‘ [Brown, 299], Carson continues the fight for justice out of his love for his people but also out of his hatred for the “creatures out of nightmare, things without a human attribute, who picked lizards apart for fun” [brown 303]. Snyder and brown both use elements of science fiction, an almost defining feature of disappoint, to put the earth in an oppressed and fragile State. Carbon’s earth seems more powerful and portrays humans as threatening; where as the chefs earth is in a pitiful and hopeless state.
Regardless, both are put into a horrific predicament by ruthless aliens, this shows the human need in believing and hoping, even when the odds are against them. In Through Thy Bounty it is clear that the chef has faith even when she is forced to mutilate bodies, this is made clear when she says that “we all live under the same God” [Snyder 110] . Also, in Arena, Carson was tempted to kill himself but had a change of heart because he still had hope that he could win, this is apparent when Carson thinks, “If only he could use the knife on himself- but he knew he wouldn’t.
As long as he was alive, there was the millionth chance-” [Brown 305]. This shows our human need to believe in something even when we are in the worst circumstances, wherever there is humanity there is hope. Another disappoint element evident in both stories is the sun,’avail of mankind. In both stories the survival of mankind is dependent on Carbon’s and the chefs actions, over, they differ in terms of how they are to accomplish humankind’s salvation. Carbon’s rescue mission is dependent if he can survive and save himself, this can be interpreted as somewhat self serving.
However, the chef’s rescue mission involved him having to dismember and mutilate his own mother, which barely had any reward for himself and put his life endanger too, his actions were honorable and selfless. Through both of these examples the authors show honor. Namely, in Through Thy Bounty the chef says prayers honoring the lives of those who had been stolen for he Gardens repugnant sense of pleasure, in the story she said, “I touch the boys forehead, close my eyes and say a brief prayer for him” [Snyder 1 10].