In this first chapter of Await Your Reply, it foreshadows the idea of fakeness that will occur throughout the story. Ryan’s hand which, “is resting on a bed of ice in an eight-quart Styrofoam cooler”, plays a significant role in the idea of “fake” in this book. Styrofoam is a material that can never be broken down or decomposed hence it is a fake or artificial material. Since the author puts much emphasis on calling it an “eight-quart Styrofoam cooler” instead of just a plain Styrofoam cooler foreshadows the idea that this book will have fakeness to it. It is also important to know that Ryan’s severed hand is in the Styrofoam cooler. Ryan’s hand being in the Styrofoam cooler puts two items that are, or can be potentially fake, in the same space. The Styrofoam cooler is synthetic because it can never be decomposed or broken down. Second, Ryan’s hand was used for acts of fake identity and therefore it is fake. This is important because it also foreshadows details that will come throughout the story. For example, the hand is the most significant limb or object that is found on the human body. There is something unique about ones hand because of the fingerprint that is located on the tip of the finger. Everybody’s fingerprints are different but the act of identity theft still goes on everyday in life. This foreshadows the idea of fake identity in this book. For Ryan being affiliated with identity theft in this book, he experienced karma. Ryan got his hand detached because he was involved in identity theft and karma came around and eventually caught up with him. The eight-quart Styrofoam cooler and Ryan’s severed hand play essential roles in the growth of the story in the first chapter.
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