Of Absurdity In 'Grand Stand-In And' Worst-Case Scenario?

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The absurd is that which is not true, however, truth can be intermingled with the absurd. In his stories “Grand Stand-In” and “Worst-Case Scenario”, Kevin Wilson uses absurdity to show the raw truth of dissatisfaction and distressed loneliness in his characters’ lives. Through this, the characters define themselves and, as people naturally do, justify their own thoughts. In these specific cases, absurdism is the central cause for their isolation from their own mentality of their daily life. As referenced by Mark Doherty, absurdity is "the subjective truths that can be revealed only when we suspend our disbelief and imagine ourselves as someone completely different" (Doherty 57). By alluding to the audience through the absurd scenarios, the characters distress appears inflated and becomes visible to match the situations. In both the “Grand Stand-in” and “Worst-Case Scenario”, the narrator 's obscure careers take a toll on their mental health. The job position that is held by the narrator in the “Grand Stand-in” is for the Grand Stand-In Company, and her job consists of her producing a false love connection with a grandchild while being paid to pose as a model grandmother by the parents. There are many rules to which she must adhere to, and with this, Wilson shows that “a strict adherence to the rules is what defines absurdity” (Koepping 191). Wilson developed it as a bizarre but deceptive occupation which forces the narrator to connect with the families on a beyond personal

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