When I was a child, I often passed the time by playing imaginary games in which I was sometimes a superhero, sometimes a pirate, sometimes a teacher. I played these games all the way through elementary school, and when I was ten, I invited a friend over to my house, in the hopes that she would want to play my silly games with me. But when I mentioned it to her, she told me that imaginary games were “dumb”. If it is not real, what is the point of pretending? I was completely taken aback by what she said; obviously I preferred to live in the imaginary world, and she in the real world. This situation was a classic example of the struggle between realistic points of view and illusionist points of view. Correspondingly, the husband and wives in
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In actuality, this meeting with the devil was a meeting with “a white man” that showed up at his house to get him to buy furniture by sending “ten dollars, first of every month” (Wilson 153). Troy has been sending ten dollars every month to this company for fifteen years, though he says he “done paid for it ten times over” (Wilson 153). This story is a way of demonizing the man that scammed Troy into over-paying for his furniture, and shows the reluctance of Troy in accepting that he has made a mistake. Troy also continues to live in an imaginary world in which social prejudices have remained the same since his youth: he asserts that “the white man” will never let Cory advance in football, though both Rose and Bono tell him that “times have changed” (Wilson 149). This demonstrates Troy’s hesitancy in accepting that his son may be able to achieve something that he himself was never able to: success in sports. Troy had been unable to play professional baseball, and this refusal to acknowledge the changes in society shows that he prefers to live in the illusions of the past to ease his scorn.
Unlike her husband, Amy refuses to accept the death of her child as real. Amy lives in a world where her child’s death was not real and the thought of this is disgusting to her. When her husband begins to talk of “the child’s mound” (line 30), she cries, “don’t, don’t don’t” (31), as the thought of her child being buried is