The Moustache is a short story by Robert Cormier. The story is about a man who shaves his moustache and the events that follow.
The story begins with the protagonist, Mr. Jones, waking up in the middle of the night. He gets out of bed and goes to the bathroom, where he looks at himself in the mirror and decides to shave his moustache. He then returns to bed, but he cannot sleep. He gets up again and goes downstairs, where he finds his wife watching television. The two of them talk for a while, and then they go to bed.
The next day, Mr. Jones goes to work as usual. However, his co-workers do not recognize him without his moustache. They stare at him and make fun of him, but he does not say anything. He just goes about his work as usual.
Later, Mr. Jones goes home and his wife does not recognize him either. She screams at him and calls him a stranger. The two of them argue, and Mr. Jones finally leaves the house.
In Robert Cormier’s “The Moustache,” a boy named Mike had a moustache. Despite the fact that many people did not approve of, or even dislike, his moustache, he genuinely loved and desired to keep it. Until one day he visited his elderly grandma at a nursing home and discovered that she could no longer recall him; everything changed as a result.
The moustache became Mike’s source of insecurity because he realized that his moustache could be the reason why his grandma couldn’t recognize him. The story ends with Mike shaving off his moustache, giving in to peer pressure. The Moustache by Robert Cormier is a short story about how our physical appearance can change how people see and treat us. It also teaches us that sometimes we have to let go of things that we are attached to, for the betterment of ourselves and our relationships.
The woman had a memory problem, and while she remembered the boy as her grandson, she addressed him as her husband, Mike. She then proceeded to tell him things he shouldn’t have known. He didn’t want to visit his grandma or anyone like this, so he removed his moustache. People desire to make decisions about what they want in life, but only through life experiences can they recognize what they’ve lost.
The moustache was a symbol of his love and connection to his grandmother, even if she didn’t remember him. The boy in “The Moustache” by Robert Cormier made a decision that impacted his life in more ways than one.
When the protagonist shaves off his moustache, he not only changes his own appearance but also his relationship with his grandmother. The protagonist’s shaving of the moustache also highlights how important memories are. The protagonist’s grandmother has dementia and doesn’t always remember who he is, but she does sometimes recognize him when he has his moustache.
The shaving of the moustache, then, can be seen as a symbolic act of cutting ties with his grandmother and his past. The act also brings about a change in the way the protagonist views himself. He no longer sees himself as connected to his grandmother or to his past, but instead as someone who is alone in the world. This change in perspective is significant because it highlights how our relationships with others can impact our own sense of self.
“In every seed of goodness there is always a bit of rubbish” by Marian Wright Edelman, which relates to both of these works in various ways. The short story “The Moustache” by Robert Cormier features Mike, the main character, who has recently grown a moustache and loved how it looked on him. However, it had an influence on him in several ways revealed in the text. He had to go see his grandmother at her nursing home because he hadn’t seen her since she moved into town.
The staff and other residents were giving him weird looks because of his new facial hair. Even his own grandmother didn’t recognize him at first. The moustache had completely changed his appearance, to the point where people who knew him didn’t even recognize him. The quote is saying that even though he liked the moustache, it also brought out a different side of him that was not so good. The moustache made him look like a completely different person, one that people didn’t really know or trust.
The other novel, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, is about two gangs, the Socs and the Greasers, who are constantly fighting with each other. The Socs are the rich kids who have everything handed to them, while the Greasers are the poor kids who have to fight for everything they have. The Outsiders is set in Oklahoma in the 1960s and is about class warfare and how those from different social classes can’t really understand each other.
The quote is saying that even though the two groups are fighting, they are both still human and have good and bad in them. The Outsiders shows that people from different social classes can get along if they try hard enough. The Moustache shows that even though someone may look like a completely different person, they still have the same heart.
When he arrived, he was shocked to discover that his grandmother recognized him since she had a memory problem. He realized that his grandma had mixed up Mike with his grandfather who had died when she was talking about the past and asking for forgiveness.
The story concludes with Mike shaving his mustache off to better remember who he is. The protagonist in The Moustache, Mike, shows signs of being an unreliable narrator from the very beginning of the story. The reader is first introduced to him as he’s leaving work, where he’s just been fired for stealing office supplies. He then goes to visit his grandmother, whom he hasn’t seen in years and doesn’t really know that well.
Throughout the story, Mike continues to lie and withhold information from the reader, making it difficult to trust anything he says. This ultimately leads to a feeling of unease and suspense, as the reader is never quite sure what is going to happen next. The Moustache is a short story that is both suspenseful and thought-provoking, with an unreliable narrator that will keep you guessing until the very end.
When he went to see his grandmother and the moustache reminded her of the past, she was overcome with sadness. It reads, “I still believe that a seventeen-year-old has no business wearing a moustache…but I had also learned to appreciate it.”
The moustache became a part of his identity. The next time his grandmother saw him, she had a heart attack and died. The moustache Mike grew caused his grandmother to remember her past which she wanted to forget. The moustache was a physical embodiment of her regrets in life.
The theme I am exploring is how the things we do can have consequences that we do not intend them to have. In the story, Mike did not intend for his moustache to make his grandmother think about her regrets but it did. The theme is also about how our actions can have an impact on other people’s lives, even if we don’t mean for them to.