Essay - Literature Newborn Thrown in the Trash Dies John Edgar Wideman's...

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Newborn Thrown in the Trash Dies

John Edgar Wideman's short story, "newborn thrown in trash and dies" uses a very distinctive point of view for dr*****matic effect and irony. The ***** uses the viewpoint of an unwanted baby, thrown into a tr*****sh shoot. The baby's last moments make up ***** story, from the baby's own internal point of view. Not only is this a unique ***** of *****, it is also very emotional and moving. Thus, Wideman uses ***** point of view to make the impact ***** his ***** even more dramatic, dark, and depressing.

This disturbing and graphic s*****ry opens with a first-person point of view that sounds rational and bitter at ***** same time. The first lines of the story indicate what is to come, just not to who, or why. Wideman writes, "They say you see your whole life pass in review the instant before you die. How would they know? If ***** die after the instant replay, you aren't around to tell anyone anything" (Wideman 1396). Thus, the reader is prepared for something unpleasant to occur, but it is ***** clear just how unpleasant that ***** going to be. In fact, the actually premise of the story does not ***** until much later, but already the view***** draws the ***** in, and makes *****m want to know more about this *****telligent and embittered character.

There are times ***** the narration is funny or amusing, as long as ***** reader does ***** ***** what ***** coming next. The auth***** uses humor in his ***** the same way he ***** t***** point of *****, to jar the reader. Using humor ensures ***** reader will ***** even more affected by the reality that comes after the humor. This s*****ry in reality is not funny at all; it is tragic. By us*****g humor, ***** author makes the situation even more unfortunate, and that makes it even more remarkable to ***** reader. For example, early in the story he writes, "The end ***** the end. And what you know at the end goes down the tube with *****. I can speak to you know only because I haven't reached bottom yet. I'm on my way, f*****ter than I want to be traveling and ***** journey won't take long" (Wideman 1396). Without the context ***** ***** rest of the story, this just ********** like any other bitter and jaded individual who has reached the ***** of their life and is not ready for it to be over. *****n fact, the ***** words appear humorous and wry, some*****. Th***** changes when the context of the story becomes ***** - these are the thoughts of a dying ba***** on its way down a trash chute. When ***** is established the talk take on a new meaning, ***** that is exactly what the ***** intended. He needed to wake ***** pr*****essors to situations ***** might not even think were possible. ***** using this point of view, he certainly does just that, and it is


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