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, ***** into a ***** shoot. The baby's last moments make up the *****, from the ***** own internal point of view. Not only is this a unique ***** of view, it is also very emotional and moving. Thus, Wideman uses ***** point ***** view to make ***** impact of his s*****ry even more dramatic, dark, and depressing.

This disturbing and graphic story opens with 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, "*****y say you see your whole life pass in re***** the instant befo***** you die. How would they know? If ***** 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 ***** clear just how unpleasant that is going to be. In fact, the actually premise of the story does not ***** until much later, but already the viewpoint draws the reader in, ***** makes them want to know ***** about this ********** and embittered character.

There are times that the narration is funny or amusing, as long as the reader does not ***** what ***** coming next. The author uses humor in his story the ***** way he ***** the po*****t ***** view, to jar the reader. Using humor ensures the reader will be even more affected by the reality that comes after the humor. This ***** in reality is ***** funny at all; it is tragic. By us*****g humor, the author ***** the situation even more unfortunate, and that makes it ***** more remarkable to ***** reader. For example, early in the story he *****, "***** end is the end. And ***** you know at the end goes d***** the tu***** with you. I can speak to ***** know ***** because I haven't reache***** bot*****m yet. I'm on my way, f*****ter than I want to be travel*****g and ***** journey won't take long" (***** 1396). Without the context of the rest of the story, 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. In *****, the jaded words appear humorous ***** wry, some*****. Th***** changes when the context of the story be***** clear - these are the thoughts ***** a dying baby on its way down a trash chute. When that is established ***** talk take ***** a new meaning, and ***** is exactly what the ***** intended. He needed to wake ***** professors ***** si*****ations ***** might not even think were possible. ***** using this point of view, he certainly does just that, and it is


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