Killing Chickens Essay

1019 Words Feb 20th, 2014 5 Pages
Killing Chickens
Betrayal and loneliness are two of the hardest emotions to encounter in life. Nevertheless, at some point everyone will experience and be forced to deal with them. This is made even harder when they are caused by someone you love and trust. In Meredith Hall’s “Killing Chickens”, she uses various literary devices such as metaphor, simile, and imagery as she processes her husband’s affair and describes having to kill chickens. Hall’s literary nonfiction is based on the happenings of a specific day that was truly hard to handle after being deceived by ones she loved:
I was killing chickens. It was my 38th birthday. My brother had chosen that morning to tell me that he had caught his wife – my best friend, Ashley – in
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Holding her neck hard against the chicken coop, I took a breath, set something deep and hard inside my heart and twisted her head” (5). Symbolizes Hall’s husband as he secretly has affairs with other women while his wife does not know, and then her brother tells her of the crushing news that her husband was with her best friend. As the nonfiction progresses, it is clear that the author is starting to let the realization of what has really happened set in and see that she is going to overcome this bump in her life. “I wanted to call someone, to call my mother or my sister. Yesterday I would have called Ashley…Instead I brought in three loads of wood and put them in the box John had left empty” (7). ‘Know what?”’ I said. ‘Know what I want to do? Let us just stay here and have our own little party. Just us”’ (7). You can tell that she is not going to let anything stop her and that she is going to continue to do the chores and keep taking care of her children no matter what. As the excerpt ends, you can start to visualize the author has overcome her tragedy. “Tomorrow morning, I thought I have to run over the garden and go to the dump. Tomorrow morning, I have to call a lawyer. I have to figure out what to say to Sam and Benjamin. I have to put Ben’s sculpture on the mantel and put some main in Sam’s holder on the desk. I have to clean out the coop and spread fresh shavings” (8). Hall is not going to let her husband slow her down

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