Charles Baxter's Short Story 'Gryphon'

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In analyzing the short story “Gryphon” using psychoanalytic approach, this paper focus first on the biography of the author to see how this literary work became a manifestation of the authors own neuroses. One of the greatest milestones in the life of Charles Baxter was being a public teacher. In the year 1969, he taught fourth grade for a year in Pinconning, Michigan. According to Baxter, it was kind of an exotic experience for him but he also came to feel that it was one of the most important things that happened to his life. He was enraged in war during that time and he was trying not to bring the war into the classroom but sometimes he failed. Once, unprepared for class, he winged it, making up facts on the spot like making stories about ancient Egypt and realizing that his “facts” are being fanciful- this proves that this episode of his life inspired the short story “gryphon”, in which a substitute teacher tells her fourth graders some eccentric ideas like angels lives in the clouds over Venus and sometimes visit Earth to attend concerts. How Charles Baxter as a fourth-grade…show more content…
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