What, Of This Goldfish Would You Wish? By Etgar Keret Summary

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“ And each of us can practice rights ourselves, treating each other without discrimination, respecting each other's dignity and rights.” (Bellamy) Discrimination is constantly seen in our everyday lives, despite the fact that it is illegal in the United States. According to pewresearch.org, “About half of Hispanics in the U.S. (52%) say they have experienced discrimination or have been treated unfairly because of their race or ethnicity.” Society fails to acknowledge the disadvantages many receive when they decide to exclude others who are different from themselves. The potential case of breaking the laws of the United States, producing harm, and causing others to feel insecure are reasons why people should accept others who are different …show more content…

During this story a young adult sets the goal of making a documentary that consists of asking folks ,“If you found a talking goldfish that granted you three wishes, what would you wish for?”. One of the persons he asks turns out to be Sergei, the main character of the text. He appears to be distressed when the young adult, Yoni, gets eager when he finds a goldfish in Sergei’s very own house which coincidently coincides with theme of his very own documentary. Keret mentions, “The kid with the earring starts screaming, ’Goldfish, goldfish,’ he’s so excited. And this, this really pressures Sergei...Sergei doesn’t like this, doesn’t like that the boy is almost at it, already reaching for the jar......[Sergei] seems to have taken the burner off the stove and hit the boy in the head. The boy falls… The camera breaks open on the floor, along with the boy’s skull.”(lines 98-102) In this excerpt, it is shown that Yoni is hysterical about the presence of the goldfish, and seems to be so excited that he fails to restrain himself from straining to grab the goldfish, even though it does not belong to him. This evidently aggravates Sergei so much that he kills Yoni by slamming the burner into his skull, causing him to pass away. It can be inferred that Sergei’s way of thinking excludes the idea that you can attempt to reach for others property or anything that does not belong to you, so when he was confronted with the exact situation that disagrees with his way of thinking, it caused him to impulsively execute Yoni. Sergei did not take the time to care or attempt to comprehend the dissimilar method of thinking that Yoni had. Moreover, the short story, “What, of this Goldfish, Would You Wish?” depicts the concept that humanity must receive others who are unlike

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