Number 40 - Analytical Essay
Analytical Essay – Number 40 ‘’When she picked up the receiver, Melissa realised she didn't know Simon's number. She always just scrolled down to his name on her mobile.’’ This is how the narrator of Sarah Butler’s short story ‘’Number 40’’ describes Melissa’s loss of memory, which is chasing her throughout the story. The numerous attempts to fantasise her away from her lonely invisible everyday life culminate in the end, and she has to face the reality. These are some of the difficulties we are dealing with in the short story, through the actions and thoughts of the Melissa.
The story is told through a third person limited narrator, who follows Melissa throughout the story. The …show more content…
It can be concluded that the narrator throughout the story has influenced our reading and interpretation of the actions. It has been difficult to assess what has been the reality or fantasy, and we have only experienced the story through Melissa’s unreliable point of view. Melissa has throughout the story been influenced by her invisibility, and she continues to live in the