Of Human Bondage Themes

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Disability

Philip is a young man born with a disability. Philip has a club foot, meaning that the toes of one foot did not form properly in the womb. Philip walks with a permanent limp. Philip is deeply disturbed by his deformity, often holding his foot behind his other leg in order to keep it from being visible. This habit often draws more attention than it avoids. As a child, Philip's uncle often points out this deformity and the difficulties it will cause Philip as an adult. When Philip goes to school his deformity is noticed immediately by most of his fellow students. At first there is little reaction. However, during the activity period Philip is unable to participate. This lack of participation causes Philip to stand out to his peers. Many of these boys begin to tease Philip about his foot. The teasing causes Philip to withdraw from...

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