Problems In Good People By David Foster Wallace

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Regardless of age, gender, and race, everyone encounters different problems in his or her daily life. Whether the problems are as simple as getting up in the morning or untangling the headphones, people need to find a solution to solve them. The only thing that matters is what solutions they will seek. In David Foster Wallace’s “Good People,” he narrates a story about two college students, Lane Dean, Jr. and Sheri Fisher, who face a dilemma of choosing between either abortion or keeping their baby. They are torn between these choices because they come from a religious family, in which abortion is unethical and immoral. Thus, the couple is stuck in a battle between right and wrong as well as good and evil. As the story proceeds, one will notice that Wallace uses a third person point of view to depict his character, Lane Dean, in order to let readers gain a better understanding of the character’s struggles, feelings, and thoughts. The usage of third person point of view in Wallace’s essay enables readers to learn Lane Dean’s struggles. At the beginning of the story, Wallace shows that Lane and his girlfriend, Sheri Fisher are sitting on a picnic table at a park. The couple seems anxious and worried because they do not interact in a way, which normal couples will do when they see each other. Instead, “Their postures on the picnic table were both the same forward kind with their shoulders rounded and elbows on their knees. In this position the girl [Sheri] rocked slightly and
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