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

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***** Thrown in the Trash Dies

***** Edgar Wideman's short story, "newborn thrown ***** trash and dies" uses a very distinctive point of view for dr*****matic effect and irony. The ***** uses the viewpoint ***** an unwanted baby, ***** into a ***** shoot. The b*****by'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 story opens w*****h a first-person point ***** view that 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 ********** life pass in re***** ***** instant be*****e you die. How would they know? If ***** die after the instant *****play, you aren't around to tell anyone anything" (Wideman 1396). Thus, the reader ***** prepared for something unpleasant ***** 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, ***** already the view***** draws the ***** in, and makes *****m want to know more about this ********** and embittered character.

***** are times ***** the narration is funny or amusing, as long as the reader does not know what ***** coming next. The author uses humor in his story the same way he ***** t***** point ***** view, to jar the reader. Using humor ensures ***** reader will be 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 using humor, ***** author ***** the situation even ***** unfortunate, and that makes it even more remarkable to ***** *****. For example, early in the s*****ry he *****, "***** end is the *****. And what you know at ***** end goes d***** the tube w*****h *****. I can speak to you know ***** because I haven't reached bot*****m yet. I'm on my way, f*****ter than I want to be travel*****g and my journey won't take long" (Wideman 1396). Without the context of ***** rest ***** the s*****ry, this just ********** 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 ***** words appear humorous ***** wry, some*****. Th***** changes when the context of ***** s*****ry becomes ***** - these are the thoughts ***** a dying baby on its way down a trash chute. When that is established ***** talk take ***** a new meaning, and that is exactly what the ***** int*****ed. He needed to wake up professors to situations they might not even think were possible. By using th***** point of view, he certainly does just that, and it is


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