A Journey. Short Story Essay

Topics: Narrator, Protagonist, Fiction Pages: 3 (1292 words) Published: January 19, 2013
A Journey
Life does not always turn out to be like we had imagined us. When we marry a person we think that we are going to live happily ever after but that is not the case for everyone. There is a chance that we are going to suffer from a serious disease. In that case the partner has to take care of you which mean that the partner has to give up everything in order to take care of you. You have to let go of your dreams and you cannot allow yourself to be selfish which can be very hard.

A Journey is a short story written by Colm Tòibin. The short story is told by a limited third person narrator, and because of that we only hear about the main character’s thought and opinions. We see the events and other characters from his viewpoint. It makes it a bit more unreliable when it is a subjective narrator. If we were told the short story from David’s or Seamus’ point of view or if it was an omniscient narrator, it would probably give us a quite different impression of things. Most of the short story takes place in a car but flashbacks are used, which makes it easier for the readers to understand the problem of the short story. The language is informal which we can see because of the direct speech that makes the reader more attached to the short story. Contractions are used and the language is colloquial.

The protagonist of the short story, whose name we are not told, is a woman who lives with her husband and son. We are not told her age but it can be assumed that she is a quite old woman because we are told that she had her twenty-year-old son after almost twenty years of marriage. She has well-kept, thick blond hair and wrinkles around her mouth and eyes which also is a sign of her age. She loves her family very much even though they have problems and things are not the way they used to be. “Nonetheless, she wanted David to stay at home, no matter how grim his silences, no matter how many days he spent in his bed with the curtains drawn.” The fact...
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