Essay about The New Girl by Marc Mitchell
In this essay I will write a brief summary of the short story “The New Girl”, written by Marc Mitchell, an author from Florence, Alabama. I will continue by characterizing the narrator and discuss the reasoning behind Allison’s behaviour and narrator’s response (which will be included in his characterisation).
The story takes place on Prospect Street, a white, lower-middle-class neighbourhood, where there are old houses aplenty. It’s a hot, bright day, and Allison, the narrator’s best friend, and the narrator were the only kids on the block. Therefore they were best friends ‘by default’, as he puts it. Allison is 10 and the narrator is 8, he looks up to Allison. We are informed that the children spent …show more content…
As for Allison’s actions, she could be afraid of something new, or that the African-American child could take away her only friend. She may have mutual feelings with the narrator, that they are only friends to have a friend, and is scared of losing him, although this factor is weakened when one thinks about the opportunity of gaining another friend. Her family and upbringing could have been racist and therefore had an impact on how she saw the differently-coloured people. From discovering that the time period is probably the 80’s, we know that the black population of America hasn’t fully been accepted by everyone yet. This could be a cause for her