Crossing is a short story written by Mark Slouka in 2009. The story is concerned with the relationship between a father and his son. Some fathers like to take their sons out camping to create a closer bond and that is exactly what the father wishes to obtain, but most fathers would never dream of taking their sons out on dangerous trips. However this is the case in Mark Slouka’s short story. By the use of a description of the nature versus man Slouka presents the struggle of the father. Crossing is a story about a father who takes his little son on a survival trip in a forest, which turns out bad. The father wants to show his son how to beat the nature. It is a very fascinating story and in this essay I will analyze and interpret the narrator, setting and at last I will make a conclusion on the short story.
The short story Crossing is being told with a limited omniscient third person narrative. The text says “He remembered asking once – how old could he have been, seventeen? – And the old man calling back over his shoulder, “don’t fuckin’ fall.” This quote is the father’s thoughts and by this quote we can see that the third person narrator is limited. We do not see examples in the text where the narrator describes the thoughts and feelings of the boy. The narrator refers to the persons as “he” also using their names, which is seen through the whole text. This proves that the story is dealing with a third person narrator. The father is given a personality and a past, by the narrator who can read his thoughts and feelings.
Through the third person limited narrator the reader is presented to a father who has a hard time in life after he was divorced from his wife. “When he looked at her she shook her head and looked away and at that moment he thought, maybe – maybe he could make this right”. Therefore the father wants to find something that matters so that he can hold on to it. He decides that he wants to have a strong and sound relationship with his young