Jealous Husband Returns In Form Of Parrot Analysis

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Mindful communication is one of the most vital parts of a relationship. Without thoughtful conversation and sharing one’s emotions, a relationship is destined for failure and discontent. While it is not uncommon for a relationship to end as a result of this specific dissatisfaction, it is an everyday problem that is typically ignored. Miscommunication is a part of life but unfortunately even small misunderstandings can be cause for disaster. In Jealous Husband Returns in Form of Parrot by Robert Olen Butler, this theme is conveyed perfectly through the eyes of an interesting and oddly relatable human-turned-bird. Butler’s mastery of magical realism and uncomplicated syntax conveys a story of boundaries and inaccessible love.
Robert Olen Butler was born in 1945, paving the way for many other authors who, like himself, worked in the broad genre of marvelous realism. Furthermore, he enjoyed broadening his horizons and finding unlikely inspiration from day to day life; in his book Tabloid Dreams, he used newspaper clippings and misleading headlines as inspiration for wild tales such as “Jealous Husband Returns in Form of Parrot.” In this particular story, Butler explores the mind of a parrot, or, more specifically, the passed conscience of a man inside the body of a yellow-nape Amazon parrot. He expertly projects the helplessness and dismay of this constrained viewpoint and binds the reader to the narrator through a first-person point of view. Although “Jealous Husband Returns
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