She did this by giving out just a few details of the character’s life throughout the story. For example, one of the things that I really wanted to find out was how the narrator’s uncle died. From the first paragraph, the reader already knows that he is dead, but there is so little information about how he died that one starts to think he was killed by the narrator’s father. However, the author is very careful and withholds this information until the end of the story. Reading through the first paragraph, one might think that he died a violent death or that he fell into the river.
The narrator describes it in detail that it seems like she is talking about herself going through all this emotionally and physically. The narrator is dissociated from herself and from the world. She lives with her husband but has not been feeling herself. Her husband gets concerned and she is put in the rest cure. But now she
Later, they encounter a man they refer to as a bad character and his girlfriend. The narrator knocks out the bad character and sexually assaults the girlfriend. After, they see people coming towards them. They begin to hide. The narrator jumps in Greasy Lake and finds a dead body.
She had to change and could no longer be happy or a child. The sexual assault traumatized her and made her constantly nervous. Her mother didn't make the situation any better and just made her feel disgusting and unacknowledged. Essentially, the narrator transformed into a “zombie” because of society's influence and was
Mattie seems to be in denial during the first couple moments after he died, but then the realization hits her and she starts thinking about all he has done for her. Mattie recalls memories and past experiences with Grandfather, which makes his passing a little less painful. This example leads into another use of author's craft, inner thoughts. Throughout the story, Mattie talks to herself a lot about various things. Anderson uses this technique to develop Mattie's character and give more insights to her thoughts and feelings.
If this is personhood, then a conjoined twin may be denied true personhood and hence separation is justifiable. However, these qualities are not linked solely with the body. For example, if someone loses feeling or control of a limb one day they wouldn’t be any less a person even though they no longer have ownership over a body part. Additionally, the rights and authority over your own body are non-existent as baby and child. Is this to say that babies and children lack personhood?
In the beginning the narrator is very closed off and self-absorbed and allows his wife to do all of the talking. They eat, drink, watch TV and smoke dope. Only after many hours does the narrator concede to having a developed conversation with Robert, and his
I cried harder” (Palahniuk 22). Every night the narrator took on the role as a cancer patient not only to gain acceptance, but also to experience the sadness and hopelessness that comes with seeing death firsthand and realizing sooner or later everybody is going will face death. After a while, even trying to gain sympathy of people and having them hear and understand you, wasn’t enough for the narrator. Another major event happened for the identity of the narrator to change.
The narrator is a caregiver of an old man and one day develops the desire to kill the old man. The narrator initially explains that he had no true reason to murder the old man, however, once the idea entered his head, he could not think otherwise. His desire to kill the old man strengthened when he explained his hatred for the old man’s cloudy eye. The narrator despised the eye and decided to carry on with his deed. The story continues as the narrator describes the development of his murder until the night he commited the crime.