Claire Battershill's Two-Man Huge Analysis

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Two-Man Luge, without a question, is a fairy tale! Claire Battershill’s “Two-Man Luge” displays strong evidence towards the famously known fairy tale, Cinderella. Two-Man Luge possesses a similar structure and several factors that give readers’ thoughts just as fairy tales would, like the famous “happily ever after”. Throughout the centuries Fairy Tales have provided a specific design for authors to follow and for audiences to react. “Two-Man Luge” is an unintentional Fairy Tale that does just that. What’s a fairy tale without some love in the air? Battershill’s “Two-Man Luge” gives readers a moral about defining true love, just like a fairy tale. Two-Man Luge is about a man falling in love with another man (Paresh). This is seen towards the …show more content…
Fairy Tales do a good job at doing this! Both Cinderella and Two-Man Luge follow a similar structure called the “3X Structure”. The 3X structure is “the third time something is attempted after the first two attempts will be successful” (Jessup, 2014). The 3X rule is clearly shown in both Cinderella and Two-Man Luge. In Perrault’s version of Cinderella, Cinderella runs away twice from the prince before the clock strikes midnight for the sake of embarrassment from her family. It wasn’t until the third encounter where the Prince goes to Cinderella’s house where we see the missing glass slipper fitting perfectly in Cinderella’s foot. In Two-Man Luge, a similar pattern is present. The main character has his first encounter with Paresh at Jessie’s (the main character’s ten year old cousin) fundraiser. The second encounter was during the protagonist’s practicing for the Olympic Winter games (luging), where he realizes that Paresh was also representing Canada, but for a different sporting event (bobsleighing). And finally during the third encounter at the gift shop, the main character finally took action and decides to go for Paresh and they both walk out into the snow. A story would be boring if the character doesn’t experience hardship, as if everything was picture perfect. The first two encounters create a journey for the main character. For a reader to sense sympathy, the reader has to first experience troubled …show more content…
Loyalty is highly shown in Cinderella and Two-Man Luge. When we think of someone being loyal, we tend to think about a person remaining faithful and continuous support towards a person. How does loyalty create sympathy? Sympathy may be created when a person endures and accomplishes journey of some sort (usually through hardship). Both Cinderella and the main character in Two-Man Luge display loyalty towards others in their stories, despite their tough misfortunes. In Two-man Luge, the main character stayed loyal to pursuing Paresh despite his shy personality. Evidence of his shy personality was during the second encounter as the main character hasn’t spoken to Paresh at all during training camp: “I still hadn’t actually talked to Paresh – not during the recruitment camp or during the long training period that followed” (Battershill 118). In Cinderella, Cinderella was given “all the rough work about the house to do” (Perrault 53) by the evil stepmother. Despite being disrespected by her evil stepmother and her two sisters, she completed the chores anyway. Loyalty tends to be a good character build up. Loyalty is present in fairy tales because it shows perseverance, which builds

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