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Mule Killers Lydia Peele's "Mule Killers" is an achingly sad story of loss and acceptance. Actually it's a strange little story told by a narrator, telling the story of his father courting his mother. The storyline runs astride with the tractors essentially putting mules out of work and, so, to death. The text "Mule Killers" is an epic short story. It actually has a multiple point of view, it changes between a first and a third person narrative. This is because the actual first person narrator tells a story in the story. Mostly it is a first person narrative, but in some sentences the story of the father "takes over" and it becomes a third person narrative. The narrator is omniscient and he is used as a messenger. His purpose is to tell his father's sad story to the readers. Comments from the narrator appears a few places, for example "It doesn't matter; I can imagine it", which just makes us remember that it is the narrator telling about his father and grandfather, and not an unknown narrator. This makes the relations between the narrator and the readers more intimate and makes the narrator reliable. ...read more.


The grandfather gets very upset and sad. On top of that, the pale haired girl tells the son about her pregnancy. This shocks him very much, and he doesn't know how to tell his father. Exhausted and sad the grandfather comes home in the evening, and in a rush his son tells him about the girl. He doesn't intend to be a father, he wants to marry Eula. He sees his father cry that night, and thinks it must be because of the Orphan. It is very clear that the narrator's father is very childish; he simply doesn't understand that Eula doesn't like him, and that he will never marry her. He doesn't realize the seriousness of the girl's pregnancy, it seems like he thinks it's just a disease that'll disappear again. Also, he doesn't understand why his father cries and prays. First when he is an old man, he realizes why his father cried. In the end the father and son are together picking asparagus in what used to be the narrator's mother's garden. She is now dead, and nothing has grown in the garden since she died. ...read more.


As said before, he lost Orphan too, who he loved very much indeed, and then in the end he lost his wife. The story doesn't tell whether he learned to love the mother of his son, but he probably did. She was all he had in life, and as he grew older and more mature, he probably learned to appreciate her, and when he finally learned that, she died. So he has had several lost "lovers" through time. Another theme is the change from child to adult. Teenagers are no longer children, and not yet adults. They don't have the innocence of a child, and they don't have the experience of an adult. In the teenage years the innocence and experience meet, and the teenager creates his or her own identity. This is described very well in William Blake's poem "The Ecchoing Green" from 1789. The first two paragraphs describe the innocence of childhood. Children are playing on the green, the sun is rising, the merry bells ring, the birds sing laud and the old people are laughing - it is all very idyllic. ?? ?? ?? ?? Aske Peter Hiort-Lorenzen 3.j Espergļæ½rde Gymnasium 28. januar 2008 Engelsk Side 1 ...read more.

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