A Visionary In Car Crash While Hitchhiking By Denis Johnson

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In “Car Crash While Hitchhiking” by Denis Johnson, I have viewed the narrator as a visionary. A visionary is someone in a dreamlike state or trance who is able to see the future. Also, a visionary is someone who is unaware of what is going on around him. As I had kept reading I saw the narrator as a visionary because of the trance that he is in from taking too many drugs and alcohol, hearing and seeing things that nobody else able to experience and has been on a long journey seeking true human emotion that has been missing from his life. The narrator was in a dreamlike state of not knowing what was reality and what was the appearance. Johnson has stated that he was high on drugs, amphetamines, and hashish that was given to him by the salesman, …show more content…
The narrator was very passive when he said, “I don’t care” (Johnson 27) that an accident was going to hurt the family, that have given him a ride on a rainy day and others. The reason he did not care is because all he had is the drugs and alcohol that trapped him in his mind and blocking out the reality. When the salesman was talking to the narrator about his family, girlfriend, and life, the narrator had “felt jilted and sad” (Johnson 27). Then I noticed that he had nothing, no friends, family or girlfriend that it had to lead him to be addicted to drugs that haze his mind. Being addicted to drugs makes people hallucinate to see what others do not see like the narrator is able to “know every raindrop by its name” (Johnson 27). Just being able to name the raindrops might have been something that he cared for because others are not able to see the raindrops like him. But he does not know that everything that is happening now, already happen and seeing an alternate …show more content…
The narrator has been on a long journey looking for the feelings of any true human emotions wherever he went while hitchhiking. The narrator probably did not try to stop the car crash because he has been on a long a journey looking and seeing true human emotions for that he does not feel and express because of all the drugs he is taking that he felt dead inside and want to seek out the emotions that it would make him feel “wonderful to be alive to hear it!” (Johnson 30). The narrator was aware that the wife would have power over everyone else when it comes to her husband’s death because Janice does not know that her husband was dead, she still had hope and faith that he is still

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