Analysis and interpretation of “Mule Killers” by Lydia Peelle
Most people would say that love is a concept which will always be a mystery to man, because it is so changeable, and therefore it will always be able to fool and distort man’s thoughts. Love can both be happy and miserable, and this makes it very powerful and therefore able to control the entire behaviour of a person. Throughout a lifetime people will unavoidably experience things that will have a certain impact on the individual’s personality as well as further development. These experiences will often become memories that will follow them their entire life. This is also the case in “Mule Killers”, where a father tells his son about the memories he has of the year his son was conceived and his relationship to his father. The narrator of the short story is a son who is retelling the story his father is telling him. Therefore the point of view is limited to the son, and the main character is the father. In the story we meet three import people who are from three different generations. A grandfather, his son, and his son. Both the narrator and his father are motherless, and the father therefore lived in a very small town on the family farm during his youth. The story that is told is mainly about how the 18-year-old father to-be struggled with his life and growing up in a small town. In the beginning of the text his feeling are described “trying hard to keep certain things stuffed deep inside his chest: things like fear, sadness, and uncertainty. He expects to outgrow all of these things very soon, and in the meantime, he works hard to keep them hidden.” He thinks that if he just denies these feelings long enough, they will disappear, and this shows us that his own feelings are strange to him, and that he thinks of his father as how a real man is supposed to be, since he never breaks down either. That means that the father is a role model for his motherless son, and this is also shown in the text where...
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