The Rental Heart: Story Analysis

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The Rental Heart
When you are in love you are in a very vulnerable place. You completely trust another person. If this person decides to leave you, he or she is breaking that trust. Even though things perhaps just did not work out, you were heading in different directions, or whatever the reason for a breakup might be, it is going to hurt. You have lived with a person who you completely trusted and now you have to live without that person. This can be very hard to deal with. For some people it is so hard to deal with that they may seek help from alcohol or even drugs. In the short story “The Rental Heart” by Kirsty Logan the protagonist deals with heartbreaks in a different way than we would see in our current world.

The story ”The Rental Heart” is about a binge dating person. The story is told by a first person narrator who also is the main character of the story. The story unfolds unchronologically. It starts briefly in the presence, but leaps back in time in a major flashback of the narrator’s life, before it again briefly returns to the presence where it ends. The protagonist of the story is very anonymous. We never learn about the main character’s name, looks, or even the gender. This anonymity appeals to a wider audience, making it easier for the reader to identify with the main character. At first we get the impression that the narrator is a boy, since we learn about “him” meeting a girl called Grace. Grace is described as small compared to “him”: “her pierced little mouth, her shitkicker boots, her hands as small as goosebumps writing numbers on my palm” (page 1, line 1-2). Later we learn that the protagonist’s first love was a boy named Jacob. This shows that we have a bisexual protagonist, but it could also indicate that the main character is a girl. We know that when the protagonist meets Jacob “she” is in her teens: “our love was going to last forever, which at our age meant six months” (page 1, line 24-25). This supports the claim that the...
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