Essay on Analysis of Hermie
The short story ”Hermie” written by Nathaniel Rich portrays the story of a grown marine biologist, who suddenly sees his childhood imaginary friend the crab, Hermie. Though the story at first sight only portrays an encounter between an adult and a forgotten friend, something much deeper hides beneath this tale. It is the story of an insecure man’s sub conscience.
The narrator is a married man, living with his wife and 3-year old daughter in Philadelphia. His well-considered thoughts on everything from the hygiene of the restroom to the reason of Hermie’s sudden appearance suggests that he is an intellectual and intelligent man, which is a contradicting aspect to the fact that he is having a conversation with a …show more content…
At first the narrator does not recognize his childhood friend, most likely because of denial and the drastic change that the crab has undergone. “Gone was the buyscon spiratum I remembered so well … In its place was a filthy, unwieldy, carbuncled husk, to which there clung small bits of wet garbage and sea gunk” (p. 92 – ll. 14-15 and 19-20). This severe change is a symbol of the change in