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Elyse
Boyle Inferences
Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:07pm
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The stories we have discussed so far during class have been in either the death section of the novel, or the love section.
The stories in the love section all tend to have a similar lead character. The narrator of the short story is typically an early to mid aged man who is single and ends up falling hard for a women with unusual traits. The narrator overlooks the traits though because the woman is always beautiful. The narrator follows desperate acts in an attempt to keep the woman happy or satisfy her, he follows her and while he doesn't always agree with what she says, he never opposes it. In the end, the woman either leaves him because her unusual circumstances caused her too. For example, in "Little Fur People", the woman leaves the narrator at the end of the story because she is on her way to help bears that are causing problems in a urbanized area. He is not invited and there for he does not go. Following the pattern, "Modern Love" features a woman who is an extreme case of a germaphobe. She requires the narrator of the story to wear a full body condom whenever they have sex and she maintains the position of editor of a magazine that illustrates and specializes in wear and unusual illnesses and diseases. The woman requires him to go through a series of tests administered by her doctor in order for them to be together, but in the end she discovers that he worked with feet for awhile and she announces that she cannot marry him leaving the reader to assume that it is for a germaphobic reason.
The death section of the story holds a different pattern. There always seems to be someone taking advantage of someone who's feeble or weak minded. For example, in the short story The Human Fly, the main character was an agent searching for talent. He takes advantage of a homeless man who's dream is "to be famous" he takes daring measures such a strapping himself to a plane and riding under the axel of a truck across country. The agent is aware that the man clearly does not know what he is getting himself into and is not in the right state of mind, however he is profiting off of him so he goes with it. Another example is "On for the Long Haul" in which a salesman preys on the narrator who is a paranoid individual married to a slightly neurotic woman who is also incredibly paranoid. He tells them about how the government could eventually experience a nuclear war or this country will eventually run out of gas and that sets them off just enough so that they will buy one of his "safe" properties with a lot of land for growing food, and the means to hide from the rest of the world when one of these catastrophes occurs.
Most of the stories in either section follow somewhat of a set pattern and have a predictability to the plot

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