Stuart McLean’s “Emil”
In every story, there are magnificent surprises that will get the reader questioning. In Stuart McLean’s “Emil”, Readers will begin to question their morals, values, and beliefs when it comes to financial support to the homeless. The story follows the perspective of Morley, a kind-hearted mother that learns the veracity of Emil’s peculiar lifestyle. All throughout this narrative, the neighbourhood uses their past experiences and beliefs to judge Emil as a stereotypical homeless man. Morley, on the other hand, opens up to him and tries to take a different approach, allowing her to gain knowledge of this unique being. Having Emil in Morley’s day to day life makes her more understanding towards people with different lifestyles. This allows Morley to truly visualize that not all homeless people have the same goal of achieving money. We see this empathy early into the story when Morley asks Dave, “What is his name?” (pg. 110). Many readers may take this as a sign of kindness as she is thinking about him during the day. When I read this quote, I take it as a sign of respect. Morley is not only thinking about Emil, but she cares about him to a higher extent than her neighbourhood. There is one thing in this world that poverty can’t take and that is our name. Most people in today’s society will just donate a couple of dollars to a stranger. In my opinion, this has no deep meaning or empathy. Morley, who could have just gave Emil some money and left, treated him like a normal and equal human being. She cared about his interest in gardening and had an overall positive attitude when talking to him. In conclusion, Morley portrays a character that is willing to help anyone and doesn’t expect anything in return. Email has influenced her to have an open mind when viewing others with different or unusual lifestyles. There is on the only word that describes her the best: Human.