The Leap By Louise Erdrich Essay

1012 Words Sep 25th, 2015 5 Pages
Fate, by definition means something that unavoidably befalls a person. The short stories “The Leap”, “The Monkey’s Paw”, and “The Masque of the Red Death” all relate to fate in different ways. In all three of these short stories there are different situations that the main character is put into dealing with their own or someone else’s fate. In the story, “The Leap” by Louise Erdrich, the narrator states that she owes her existence to her mother three times, all of which deal with the fate of narrator’s being. The first instance the narrator describes, “she could have grabbed his ankle…Instead, she changed direction. Her body twisted toward a heavy wire and she managed to hang on to the braided metal” (50). This choice that the mother made to save herself directly affects the narrator’s life because if she had never saved herself the narrator never would have been born. The mother’s choice to save herself also affects the unborn child that she was trying to save but the child sill dies because it was her fate. The second instance the narrator states is “It was during her confinement in the hospital that my mother met my father…they fell in love… I owe my existence the second time then, to the two of them and the hospital that brought them together” (51). Erdrich describes the narrator’s mother and father’s relationship as them meeting in the hospital, him taking care of her broken arm, and the father teaching the mother how to read and write. If these two did not meet and…

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