19 Knives Analysis

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Hi, this is Charlotte, and here is my podcast on my understanding of the stylistic traits of Post-Modernism. For evidence I've chosen the short stories "Song" by Annabelle Lyon and "19 Knives" by Mark Anthony Jarman, along with the podcast "Everything is a Remix", done by Kirby Ferguson.
So boiled down, I feel Post-Modernism pushes you to question your trust, both in the narrator and society. First of all, the writers tend to pick a storyline which does not revolve around order, nor come to a "happy ending". Also, the characters, or ideas, in Post-Modernist writing are often helpless, hard to like and/or go deprived of meaning. These traits are very similar to those of Modernism.
Annabelle Lyon's "Song", follows three teenagers trying to commit
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The character from the very start is certainly not a protagonist, quickly losing a battle with drugs after essentially preaching only idiots can become junkies, and only warning his son not to drink his meth with a few harsh words and writing on the orange juice bottle. And, in the end, there is nothing he can do to save his son once his irresponsible actions have caused irreparable damage. Even the podcast is disorderly, as it begins and ends with the unsatisfying message that we are always pathetically, unknowingly consuming the same information over and over again, just …show more content…
This is generally accomplished by an unpopular opinion on a taboo subject matter, such as murder or drugs. In "Song", robbery and murder take the role of these topics, the unpopular opinion being that the people who commit these felonies are not always crazy and heartless. Sherry reveals her uneasiness while waiting in the car, at the same time Marco admits he "hated to touch" his victim. Most striking was Craig's repulsion towards the situation: he "didn't want to go in the rooms, didn't want to take anything any more. He wanted to go through the motions so as not to anger the older boy, and then he wanted to leave. He felt nervous and guilty. He knew what he was doing was wrong. Yes, he was afraid of violence, he was afraid." So the morality that society may want you to deny is given to each character at least once. This truth, along with some other uncommon subjects are touched on in "19 Knives". Not only does the story begin immediately with the subject of drug abuse, but at times he makes it seem benign. He says, "We only snorted heroin, a sport and a

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