“Here’s Herbie” by Mike Feder is a short story about a young man named Herbie who tries to find his place in the world. He doesn’t quite fit in anywhere, but he eventually finds a home with a group of misfits and outcasts.
The story follows Herbie as he tries to find his way in the world. He tries various jobs and activities, but nothing seems to fit. He eventually finds a home with a group of other misfits and outcasts.
Herbie is an underdog who doesn’t quite fit in anywhere. However, he ultimately finds a place where he belongs. The story is inspiring and shows that there is a place for everyone in the world.
Mike Feder is a Canadian author and playwright whose works have been performed in the United States. His short novel, The Discouraged Child (about his own life as a dissatisfied teenager in the 1970s society), was published in 2010. Mike’s mother’s both mental and physical illness made him sad when he was a young boy, and one of the primary reasons for this was her illness. This sickness of hers drove him crazy, and it didn’t get any easier when she constantly reminded him that he wasn’t wanted or wished she had never had children (p).
In the short story, Feder also talks about how he was never good enough for his father and how he always disappoints him. Even though his father is a successful businessman, he’s still not happy with his life and wants more from Mike. This pressure from his father to be perfect and have straight A’s, made Mike rebel in school and get into trouble quite often.
The author uses different language techniques to help readers feel empathy for Mike. For example, when Mike is at school and thinking about how his mother wishes she never had children, the author writes “I hated her then” (p.62). By using the word “hated” instead of “disappointed” or “angry”, readers can feel the depth of Mike’s emotion and understand how much his mother’s words have hurt him.
Throughout the story, Mike is trying to find things that will make him happy and give his life some meaning. He turns to drugs, alcohol and sex, but none of these things make him happy in the long run. He eventually finds happiness when he meets Herbie, an older man who has been through a lot in his life. Herbie tells Mike that he needs to find something that he’s passionate about and that will make him happy. After meeting Herbie, Mike starts to write and this is where he finally finds some happiness in his life.
This was just one of the many challenges that Mike had to overcome throughout his adolescence. Especially this aspect is very apparent in the narrative, as the speaker Mike describes himself as a youngster who was “suffering from numerous psychosomatic ailments” (p. 62). We know this is an actual tale, but when a narrator talks about himself, it’s difficult to tell if he’s telling the truth or not, and I don’t want to make any judgments since there might be good arguments on both sides.
Furthermore, the story is set in New York during the 1950s which was a time of great change. Not only did the Second World War just end, but also the civil rights movement had begun to gain momentum. So all in all, it was a time of great turmoil, and it is no wonder that Mike suffers from anxiety.
When we take a closer look at Here’s Herbie it becomes clear that there are several themes at play. Firstly, there is the theme of mental illness and how it can affect someone’s life. Secondly, there is the theme of family and how they can be both supportive and unsupportive. And lastly, there is the theme of self-discovery and how people can change over time.
When it comes to the theme of mental illness, it is clear that Mike suffers from anxiety and depression. This is something that he has struggled with for a long time, and it is only made worse by the fact that his family does not understand or accept his condition. This leads to a lot of tension within the family, and it is one of the reasons why Mike runs away from home.
The theme of family is also very important in Here’s Herbie. As mentioned before, Mike’s relationship with his family is quite strained. His parents do not understand his mental illness, and they are often critical of him. However, despite all of this, Mike still loves his family and he is ultimately trying to find a way to connect with them.
The theme of self-discovery is also present in the story. Throughout the course of the narrative, Mike goes through a lot of changes. He starts off as a lost and confused teenager, but by the end of the story, he has found a sense of purpose and direction in his life. This change is largely due to his relationship with Herbie, and it is this friendship that ultimately helps Mike to grow as a person.
As a tiny wimp boy, Mike had a lot of worries, but the long and hazardous trip to his allergy doctor in Manhattan was near the top of his list. Mike lived in the city’s outskirts, so the journey took quite some time. Mike had “a department full of fears to play with” on this road (p. 63).
Mike’s fears come to life in his short story “Here’s Herbie”. He uses personification and other literary devices to create a vivid and entertaining story, which also shows the power of fear.
The story starts with Mike on his way to the allergist. He is already scared and his heart is beating fast. As he enters the train, his fears become even more real to him. The train is full of “huge men in dark suits” (p. 63) who are looking at him. He feels like they are going to eat him.
When he finally arrives at the allergist’s office, he has to face his biggest fear: a big, hairy dog. The dog is so big that it could “eat a person in one bite” (p. 64). Mike is so scared that he starts to cry.
But then something amazing happens. The dog, Herbie, comes up to him and licks his face. Mike is no longer afraid of the dog and he even starts to play with him.
This story shows how fear can be overcome. When we face our fears, they might not be as bad as we thought they were. Mike’s story is a great example of this.
In conclusion, Here’s Herbie is a complex and multi-layered story that deals with a number of important themes. It is a coming-of-age story about a boy who is trying to find his place in the world, and it is also a story about mental illness, family, and self-discovery. Mike Feder has done an excellent job of exploring these themes, and he has created a powerful and moving story that will stay with readers for a long time.