You Will Get What You Deserve
5-26-04





There is a story in which a teenager skips school for a day. He shams his parents by pretending to be sick which allows him and his two friends to venture off into the city for pleasure. The principal is suspicious of the teenager and attempts to bust the three of them. Throughout the day they destroy a priceless vehicle and irritate many strangers. The result of their actions leads them to be caught and given a hefty punishment.


Karma is a reoccurring theme in the short story called The Overcoat in which a deprived clerk purchases a beautiful new overcoat when his old one fails him. His overcoat is stolen soon after and he does everything in his powers to find it. He pays a visit to a highly ranked official who does not bother helping the poor clerk Akakii because the issue is insignificant to him. Akakii passes away from the cold three days later and seeks revenge on the official who did not help him. He reappears as a ghost and assaults the official by stealing his garments.


There is an old term called “karma” which generally means everything that goes around will come back around again. This term comes from the Hindu religion and dates far back in time. It is a part of their religion in which they take very seriously. Today, Karma is a mainstream term that has been popularized in many songs such as Willie Nelson’s "Little Old Fashioned Karma" song. Karma has become a repeating theme that has thrived in television as well. With all of this western influence it is widely associated with revenge. The terms Karma and revenge go hand in hand and are common themes in today’s society.


People are often mistreated because of their social status. In high school, there are groups that tend to stick together. These groups range from the popular kids whom are well known by others to the unpopular teenagers whom are not accepted by others. Each teenager generally socializes only with his or her own social class. When an unpopular kid attempts to talk with a popular teenager, the popular person usually degrades the other because they have more authority over the other. This is an example of a barrier between social classes and what will happen when one tries to break that barrier.


“What, what, what!” said the important personage. “Where did you get such courage? Where did you get such ideas? What impudence towards their chiefs and superiors has spread among the young generation!” (13). The highly ranked official is very callous when speaking to Akakii because is bothered by having to deal with Akakii’s affairs. These types of situations often take place in real life when a person senses that they are superior to the other. These situations are harmful to society because they often lead to the inferior person wanting revenge. It is human nature to want revenge on a person when you are mistreated just as Akakii had been in The Overcoat.


Some things are worth a great amount to a person. Akakii’s overcoat is worth a year of his life. “Akakii Akakievich thought and thought, and decided that it would be necessary to curtail his ordinary expenses, for the space of one year at least—to dispense with tea in the evening; to burn no candles, and, if there was anything which he must do, to go into his landlady’s room, and work by her light; when he went into the street, he must walk as lightly as possible, and as cautiously, upon the stones and flagging, almost upon tiptoe, in order not to wear out his heels in too short a time; he must give the laundress as little to wash as possible; and, in order not to wear out his clothes, he must take them off as soon as he got home, and wear only his cotton dressing-gown, which had been long and carefully saved” (7). When someone is stripped of something that they have worked so long and hard for it is inevitable that they will do something to lessen their loss. No matter how much Akakii was unable to do, he did not just ignore his