Summary Of Mark Slouka's Short Story 'Crossing'

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Trust. Something that can take a lifetime to build, but only a couple seconds to destroy. One word that contains so much meaning. At one point, we all wonder: Is there a limit? Do we trust anyone or anything unconditionally or is there an edge, and if we cross that edge there is no going back? Trust can be all the important things, yet it can also be all the insignificant things that make the difference – from time to time it can be about life or death. Trust can be rebuilt, but perhaps the fear of making a mistake is right under the surface. The short story “Crossing” was written in 2011 by Mark Slouka, who is an author. Mark Slouka’s short story follows significant themes such as trust and love. The story follows a man, who is also a father. The story follows his thoughts and feelings throughout his trip with his son, specifically crossing the river. The main character is a man who has a son. It seems that the man has had a divorce with the mother of his son: “He went inside, wiping his shoes and ducking his head like a visitor […] and when he looked at her she shook her head and looked away […] he thought, maybe – maybe he could make this right.” The fact that he feels like a visitor make it seem like he used to live in the house, but it is…show more content…
In life, trust can easily be taken for granted, but whenever a life-threatening situation comes along, we seem to believe in each other. The story shows that when someone loses their trust and faith in you, you must rebuild that trust, and that can sometimes be tough. The story creates a great suspense and as the reader, you do not feel satisfied with the ending, because you want the story to end well – that they make it home safely and that they have gained a lifelong bond with each other – but perhaps this fictional story is a reflection on life – you never know where trust or mistrust leads

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