By Miranda July
Sometimes when something possibly life changing happens, you feel the need to stand still for a moment to consider your next move. But if you are standing still for too long, you might miss the opportunity to act on it. This is what happens to the main character in Miranda July’s short story “Roy Spivey”. As she sits on a plane next to the very famous Roy Spivey, she forgets about her life and starts dreaming about life with Mr. Roy Spivey. She gets his phone number as they part, but she waits too long and misses the opportunity to call him. Her dream of a new life with him will never come true. The story is told in a first person narrative. The narrator is a woman and is the main character in the story. Her name is never mentioned, but she describes herself as kind of a pushover. She gave up her seat on the plane because it was overbooked. Fortunately for her, she was bumped up to first class. She is very insecure when it comes to her actions. On the plane with Roy Spivey, she allows herself to forget about her ordinary life and dreams about a new and better life. But when she stops to consider her next move, she decides not to move at all. She is afraid and feels the need to overanalyse everything. No decision is made without thinking it through at least twice. While she is doing this, her whole life seems to go by without her living it. What happens on the plane between the narrator and Roy Spivey, is what most women dream of; the perfect meet cute between you and your favourite celebrity. The chance of that happening is probably not very big and when this happens to the narrator she is in a dreamlike state, not wanting it to end. She finds herself with a once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity to live out a dream, but fails to act on it. Roy Spivey is described as a handsome, confident and lovable man. In some ways he is the opposite of the narrator. Where her insecurity shines through when she is panicking about her armpits...
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