• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Remind yourself of the passage in 'Neighbors' from 'In the morning he had Arlene call in for him...' to the end of the story. Discuss the significance of this to the story as a whole.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Remind yourself of the passage in 'Neighbors' from 'In the morning he had Arlene call in for him...' to the end of the story. Discuss the significance of this to the story as a whole. In the course of your answer: * Look closely at the effects of the writing; * Comment on how this passage relates to the test's methods and concerns This extract is placed after Bill's second visit to the Stone's apartment. Carver's view on women is very interesting in Short Cuts. The way that Bill gets Arlene to "call in for him" in the morning suggests that women are there to serve men or are somehow below men. This theme is carried out throughout the book in many different situations. Bill "[tries] to start a book" which shows how obsessed he has become with the Stone's apartment. At first it seems as though Bill is merely a voyeur in their vacated house, but this quote suggests that he has in fact lost interest in his own life. ...read more.

Middle

Firstly, he is looking out on the world, observing it, whilst he remains in the Stone's apartment. He feels that there is a link between him and the world, but the Stone's apartment acts as a firewall that he can remain behind. Secondly, Bill and Arlene are both accused by each other for spending unnecessary amounts of time in the Stone's apartment. This quote is an example of Carver's minimalist technique, the way he has simple stated "for a long time", we only realize exactly how long this is further on in the story when Bill is told that he was actually in the apartment for substantially longer than he thought. Bill is affected so much by the apartment that he looses his hunger. He is so anxious to get back to the apartment. In a way he has swapped positions with the Stones in a sense that he now feels a little awkward in his own home, perhaps not feeling his creature comforts as strongly as he may have before. ...read more.

Conclusion

This techniques gives the impression that the Stone's do not want to mention their names because it suggests that they are familiar to them, or maybe separate to them, whereas this less personal title of "they" means that it could be referring to anyone. The point here is that the Stones are both trying to forget about the people and personalities of their neighbors, and live their lives. The final part of the story explains how they accidentally leave the key inside the apartment and are now locked out. They are both very melodramatic about the situation. The simple solution is clear yet it is never mentioned. They assume that because they don't have one set of keys they cannot get in, or that the door is an indestructible barrier between them and the apartment. This thrill again acts as a trigger as "her breathing was hard, expectant". The final sentence is a very effective ending. They "[brace] themselves" against the wind. They feel that the wind symbolizes the outside world, and they have to brace themselves because they have locked something, a part of them, inside the apartment. They have nothing other to hold onto but each other. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Authors section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Authors essays

  1. Presentation of Growing and Changing Relationships in A Room with a View and The ...

    pleasantry and piety shows cracks," which is a vision of Miss Bartlett who we know has denied love and we are very afraid Lucy will end up like this. However, although Forster presents the idea of lost opportunity within Lucy and George's relationship, we know that Lucy is in fact able to save herself from the "army of the benighted."

  2. 'Prejudice is reasonable if it preserves culture' - To what extent is this the ...

    The convicts he sees as "guilty" and inferior, he cannot envelop himself in this developing culture amongst the other officers, yet finds himself performing absurd rituals that allow him to cling onto the Englishness that would be found at home in England.

  1. London, Jack: The Call of the Wild

    In 1900 he married Elizabeth Maddern, who bore him two daughters. But the marriage only lasted for two years, and in 1905 after his divorce London married Charmian Kittredge. During the remainder of his life he produced steadily, completing 50 books of fiction and non-fiction, partly autobiographical in 17 years.

  2. My reactions to "The Bolt of White Cloth" and " Apartment hunting".

    In spite of this, I think that the story had a powerful message and opened up on an old subject very well. ________________ Initial Reaction Apartment Hunting I believe that the title has a clear indication of what is going on in the story.

  1. Flannery OConnors A Good Man is Hard to Find is a story about a ...

    A car pulls up to the crash, and out comes The Misfit himself. Immediately the grandmother seals her family?s fate by exposing his true identity. Now grandmother realizes the danger they?re all in and instead of assuring him they?ll tell no one of his presence she manipulatively appeals to the Misfit?s ego: ?I know you?re a good man.

  2. In her essay "Flight," Doris Lessing illustrates the story of an old man who ...

    Her understated and almost imperceptible control of the home and the situation contrasts sharply with the tumultuous and ?off-the-rails? emotions of her father. Bitterly crying at the inevitability of the forthcoming marriage and his own loss, he dries his wet wrinkled face with his handkerchief.

  1. In The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald creates a climactic confrontation in Chapter 7 between Gatsby ...

    This climactic point in the novel marks the realisation that Gatsby?s dream of obtaining Daisy fails because of his class which in turn suggests that the American Dream of achieving success through ambition and hard work, without being held back by social class or family background is no longer possible.

  2. Explore the depiction and the significance of the journey in Jack Kerouacs On the ...

    to achieve this heightened state of consciousness, or the word that Jack Kerouac has coined, ?it?. ?It? is mentioned a number of times in the book, but most notably in the chapter ?Jazz Nights in San Francisco?. In this chapter we again see the longing of Dean and Sal to

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work