Topics: Family, Marriage, Mother Pages: 1 (271 words) Published: March 11, 2013
The narrator is Kurt Vonnegut. The tone of Next Door is tension and curious and he is making us look as if we are peeping to the event of a little boy who stays home alone for the first time while his parents go to a movie, it actually reminds me of the movie 'home alone'. The Leonards and the Hargers are two families that live Next Door to each other and they have thin walls separating between their houses. The Leonards have a son, Paul, who is 8 years old. The Hargers are husband and wife that were in the middle of a feud, and it increased, Paul becomes apprehensive and anxious. He couldn’t take it any longer and so he decides to do something about it. Paul's mother is over protective and wishes her boy to be more Independent and less as his own age. The Leonards were having a disagreement about whether Paul is old enough to stay home alone. In the meanwhile Paul thought that the Hargers were the ones who were having a fight not his own parents. Vonnegut’s style creates a suspenseful atmosphere to lead up to the ending of which keeps the reader interested and wanting to know what is going to happen next. 5. Next Door was a suspenseful story in that the ending was completely unexpected. Vonnegut leads the reader to believe that the neighbors arguing are a husband and wife. My predictions were completely wrong as I kept asking myself how and eight-year old could be left alone. I thought something bad was going to happen to Paul for
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