ENG214H5 Lecture Notes - Antihero, Short Story Cycle

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12 Dec 2012
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Constitutes a radical reworking of everything that comes before. Very carefully textured world of smells and visual expressions. Bustling humanity going about their little lives. Acts as a coda for the entire short story cycle. We watch the parents reading the book he wrote. They realize he has been storing things away. The book the parents are reading are the books we are reading. Confuses our idea of fact and fiction. Ritual emphasis as a part of a cultural practice. Water as symbol of rebirth to his new life. Skimpy letters written home to his parents, then he suddenly mails them an entire book. Something that could be desirable and alluring. Using his difference as a source of power. Idea of change is so important to the last story and to the short story cycle. Kersi has reached a moment of maturity. Wants to buy book of trees to recognize trees other than the maple tree.

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