An Analysis of Jack Finney's Contents Of A Dead Man’s Pocket

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Truth V.S. Reality Contents Of A Dead Man’s Pocket
The story “Contents of a Dead Man’s Pocket” really shows that one life changing experiences might change your view on life forever. Tom’s perception of reality changes because of his experiences in this story, Tom also discusses the truth about his life and his priorities.

Tom’s perception of reality changes often in this story. His experiences are prof of this. I think when tom’s on the ledge his reality changes and his life flashes before him. He defines it as being imperceptible when he was on the ledge. ” Contents of a Dead Man’s Pocket he thought with sudden fierce of anger a wasted life.”(Jack Finny 132). He thought his reality was to die but it wasn’t. Just to think something so easy to get a piece of paper, could cause him from that moment to change his life forever

Tom discovers the truth about his life and his priorities. The truth about his life was it was not worth losing your life and it was not a priority.” To simply go out and get his paper was an easy task – he could be back here with it in less than two minutes and he knew he wasn’t deceiving himself.”(Jack Finny 122). This showed how he trusted himself and didn’t realize what his priories are.

Tom found out what his reality was and the truth and priories of his life were. Tom wen though all this and the outcome was his life flashing before him and realizing his reality.
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