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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 ***** 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 view, it is also very emotional and moving. Thus, Wideman uses this point of view to make ***** impact of his ***** even more dramatic, dark, and depressing.

This disturbing and graphic s*****ry opens with a first-person point ***** view th*****t sounds rational and bitter at the 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 re***** the instant be*****e you die. How would they know? If you die after the ***** replay, you aren't around to tell anyone anything" (Wideman 1396). Thus, ***** reader ***** prepared for something unpleasant ***** occur, but it is not clear just how unpleasant that is going to be. In fact, the actually premise of the story does not come until much later, but already the view***** draws the ***** in, ***** makes *****m want to know ***** about this intelligent and embittered character.

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


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