The Catbird Seat

Topics: Cognition, Thought, Knowledge Pages: 2 (444 words) Published: December 18, 2012
Catherine Onumajuru
Period 3B 9/2/12
The Catbird Seat

The Catbird Seat to me was a somewhat intriguing story that is sure to make you ponder after reading it. However, the end left me confused, in the beginning, it started off good, and I understood the plot and the characters so far. With the story written in third person point of view, I like how the author didn’t give too much information based on the characters thoughts. From the thoughts, I understood somewhat of what was going on, but I didn’t know everything and was still puzzled, so it made me want to keep on reading. In the beginning of the story, I thought Mr. Martin was a boring, ordinary person that lives a redundant lifestyle. He had a regular routine that he followed every day. Mr. Martin doesn’t drink or smoke and he had never drunk anything stronger than ginger ale. I would never have thought he would ever try something daring or anything out if his comfort zone. Because of this, I was surprised when he actually drank and smoked in Mrs. Barrows’ house. Thurber gave me quite a shock with that, and I liked how he changed Mr. Martin’s character, giving his readers a surprise. Just when I thought I had Mr. Martin all figured out, the author throws something else in the mix changing my viewpoint on Mr. Martin.

At first, I didn’t know what the story meant by “the catbird seat”, but after reading it over, I finally understood the concept, and the plot a little better. I think the catbird seat means that you’re in a good position. Throughout the story, Mrs. Barrows thought that she was in the catbird seat, but in the end Mr. Martin was really in the catbird seat, because people believed him over her. If I was Mr. Fitweiler, I would’ve believed Mr. Martin as well, because for twenty-two years I’ve had the impression that he was a very habitual man, and he would never have done such a thing. Mrs. Burrows is only someone I’ve known for a short time, so automatically I would believe Mr. Martin. Mr....
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