Essay on Crossing: Narrator and Story

1208 Words Mar 29th, 2013 5 Pages
Crossing Some fathers take their sons out on camping trips to create a closer bond. These trips are cozy and relaxing and are done under safe circumstances. Most fathers would never dream of taking their sons out on dangerous trips, which is not the case in Mark Slouka’s short story, Crossing, which was published in 2009. It’s a nerve racking story about a father who takes his little son on a survival trip in a forest, which turns out bad. It is an interesting story and this study will analyze and interpret the narrator, setting and structure and will finally conclude on the story as a whole.

The story is being told from a limited omniscient third person narrative. “He remembered
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By having the road trip in the start, gives a small introduction to the story and also indicates that it’s a trip away from home, and makes it clear that they are people from the city, who are not used to living in the wild.

The story starts in medias res. “It was raining as they drove out of Tacoma that morning.” We’re immediately thrown in to their trip to the wild, with no introduction whatsoever, to what’s going to happen. The story will start quicker this way, and lets the indirect speech do the story telling, which is more interesting to read, than having the narrator explain what is going to happen.

The trip sounds dangerous already in the start and we get a feeling that it will turn out bad. “The river was bigger than he remembered it, stronger; it moved a swiftly flowing field. He didn’t remember the opposite shore being so far off. He stood there, listening to it seething in his bed, to the inane chatter of the pebbles in the shallows, the hollow tock of the stones knocking against each other in the deeper water. Downstream, a branch caught in a deadfall reared up like something shot, then tore loose. For a moment he considered pulling out, explaining … but there was nowhere else to go.” The father realized how dangerous crossing the river is, and he is considering pulling out, but he feels the need to proceed anyway, because he promised his son. The reader becomes aware of the danger of crossing the river

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