An Analysis Of Claire Keegan 's ' At The Water 's Edge ' Essay examples

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Claire Keegan’s short stories often feature stories about characters who are forced to exist and operate outside of the people their supposed to be close to. These characters are known as liminal figures, and they can sometimes change a reader’s perspective of the text that they are in. The main character from “Close to the Water’s Edge is a perfect example of this. He is a character who is not comfortable with his sexuality, and this causes him to retract from everyone he knows, thereby making him a liminal character, that can cause the reader to view the text in a sympathetic and relatable light. By making this character a complex, and isolated figure, the reader is able to view the text as a whole in way that they can sympathize and relate with him.
Being young in today’s world is very difficult. Having to choose a lot of different and very important things, the big question that a lot of us ask is: what do I want to do with my life? In the process of figuring this out, a lot of different factors make it even more difficult by creating different directions to choose. Take social inheritance for instance. Parents can, intentionally or unintentionally, put a lot of pressure on their children in order to make them achieve something and, not necessarily but follow in their footsteps. Parents always want what is best for their children. But do they always know what “the best” is? No. This is the situation in the short story “Close to the Water’s Edge” by Claire Keegan. In…

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