The Sweet Hereafter By Russell Banks Essays

776 Words May 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
The Sweet Hereafter written by Russell Banks is in part a story about what happens to characters and a community in the small town of Sam Dent in New York after a bus crash that can only be seen as tragic, kills fourteen children and leaves the town and people in turmoil. This event begs the question as to who is to be blamed and how can one recover from a heavy loss like that of a child, like narrator Billy Ansel, or reputation as is the case of the first narrator, Dolores Driscoll. The story as a whole is broken down over the narration of four main characters, each with a unique perspective and tie to the bus wreck.
One of the easier ways for an author to tell a story with many emotional and plot facets is to place more than one perspective into the narration of their story. Russell Banks achieves this in The Sweet Hereafter by using narrators who become linked to the crash but main stories somewhat vere off the topic of the tragedy over the course of each narration while characters talk about the life they lead and internal motivations they have for the actions they each take. This offer of a limited perspective of the events that lead up to and follow the aftermath of the bus crash moves the story along while allowing the reader to gain their own perspective of each character by how they react to the tragedy as well as the way the community Sam Dent reacts to each individual. While narrator, Billy Ansel, loses two children, gains much sympathy,…

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