Essay: Elephant by Polly Clark, 2006
To choose your own future, destiny and life is very hard. Everyone wants to do something that makes them happy. But sometimes you take the wrong decisions or everything decides to go against you, which makes you stay in the box you were trying to escape from. When your dreams don’t get fulfilled, you will be in that box and wait for the light. It’s not always about what you want, but what you need. And to live a good life, and to do something productive, you have to work in a way that will make you happy, because that is what you need the most. Elephant is a short story written by Polly Clark in 2006. My focus point is William and his life, which I will analyze and interpret. I will also discuss the text with, Ken Follett’s introduction to the 1999 edition of The Pillars of the Earth and picture 2, Britney Spears, a photograph, Circus Tour, 2009. William is very unhappy with his life, because he feels as if his work I being taking for granted.1 We start feeling sorry for him, because his feelings are described in the text and also manipulative, as it can be perspective to the readers life. It’s written in media’s res, which gives the effect of being placed in the middle of the story, which in this occasion is in Williams own dark room. The story contains flashbacks to his past, and it is also written in a third person narrator, even though we follow his thoughts and feelings closely. William wants to write biographies about movie stars and not pop stars, he wants to become a big writer as James Joyce.2 But he is not sure about his place of work, because the other job that he really wanted was taken, and therefore he is struggling to write with passion.3 His relationship with his wife is very planned and organized, because he is always home and ready for her to come, when she needs him to take care of her. But the reason why she wants him to have sex with her is because she wants to have a baby. She pushes him, and...
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