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Heavy Threads And That's Don Fey: A Literary Analysis

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A memoir is an account of a real person’s life. The narrator is a character in a story who reflects on the events of their life and, usually, draws certain conclusions. Typically focused on certain incidents in a person’s life, those incidents make up the individual stories that contribute to the overall work. Unlike an autobiography, which recounts particular historical dates and facts about a person’s life, a memoir is a depiction of how that individual remembers his own life, sometime unreliably. The dates and facts in a memoir may not be entirely accurate (though they often are), and they are less important than the memories and the reflections. Made of memories, influenced by the writer’s current opinion - memoirs allow us to use our personality when writing. Some are connected to a person or place that is of great significance, as in “Heavy Threads” and “That’s Don Fey”; both prompted from a person or place, in a certain moment which had…show more content…
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