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


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Newborn Thrown in the Trash Dies

***** Edgar Wideman's short story, "newborn thrown in trash and dies" uses a very distinctive point of view for dramatic effect and irony. The story uses the viewpoint ***** an unwanted baby, thrown into a tr*****sh shoot. The baby's last moments make up ***** *****, 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 story even more dramatic, dark, and depressing.

This disturbing and graphic ***** 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, "*****y say you see your whole life pass in review ***** instant before you die. How would they know? If you die after the instant replay, you aren't around to tell anyone anything" (Wideman 1396). Thus, ***** reader ***** prepared for something unpleasant to occur, but it is not clear just how unpleasant that ***** going to be. In fact, the actually premise of the story does not ***** until much later, but already the viewpoint draws the ***** in, ***** makes *****m want to know ***** about this *****telligent and embittered character.

There are times ***** the narration is funny or amusing, as long ***** the reader does ***** ***** what is coming next. The auth***** uses humor in his ***** the same way he ***** t***** po********** of view, to jar the *****. Using humor ensures the reader will ***** even more affected by the reality that comes after the humor. This s*****ry in reality is not funny at all; it ***** tragic. By us*****g humor, the author ***** the situation even ***** unfortunate, and that makes it ***** more remarkable to ***** *****. For example, early in the story he *****, "***** end is the end. And ***** you know at the end goes down the tube w*****h *****. I can speak to you know ***** 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 ***** ***** rest of the *****, this just seems like any o*****r bitter and jaded individual who has reached the end of their life and is not ready for it to be over. *****n fact, the jaded words appear humorous and wry, some*****. Th***** changes when the context of the s*****ry becomes clear - these are the thoughts ***** a dying baby on its way down a trash chute. When that is established ***** talk take ***** a new meaning, ***** ***** is exactly what the ***** intended. He needed to wake up professors to situations they might not even think were possible. By using ***** point of view, he certainly does just that, and it *****

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