In Mark Twains short story “The Bad Little Boy Who Didn’t Come To Grief” we see that there is a lack of motivation for the young boy Jim to ever do any good. This is because Jim, unlike the Jameses in the Sunday-school stories, never really gets punished. Jim does not have a sick mother who loves him dearly. So Jim, unlike the Jameses, does not feel the need to do better by his mother, because he knows she does not love him like other mothers love their children. Jim also gets away with his sinful doings. For example, Jim steal his teachers penknife and hides it in George’s cap. No one ever sees Jim hide the knife there, so no one ever calls him out on this, thus George is the little boy who gets thrashed.
Similarly, Jim never gets caught in storms or drowns when he goes fishing on Sundays like the Jameses would if they had gone fishing. Jim does not get into trouble for his sinful acts so Jim Lacks the motivation to ever better himself or repent. It is the bad little boy who finishes first in the race of life. So his only motivation is to do bad in order to have fun and succeed.
Comparison Between Chopin and Twain
Unlike Twains writing, Chopin’s is much more lively and positive. Chopin’s short stories convey a positive form of motivation, like in her short story “Beyond the Bayou”. As the main character uses love to motivate herself to overcome one of her greatest fears to pass the bayou. Twain on the other hand uses more of a negative connotation with his writing. As we see in his short stories “The good Little Boy Who Did Not Prosper” and “The Good Little Boy Who Didn’t Come To Grief” He associates negativity and sin to success, meanwhile doing good deeds and being a good person in general to failure in life. Twains twists his sense of motivation in order to make it seem as if the only things that should motivate us is doing wrong. However, Chopin uses love as a form of motivation in order to better ourselves.