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Next Door Analysis By Briana Samudio
Transcript of Next Door Analysis By Briana Samudio
Children should not be encouraged to grow up quickly.
Use of Diction
Words used for kids: "Mommy," "...baby," "Diddle-diddle-dumpling, my son John," and "little boy"
Use of Logos
"You want your wife back? All right- I won't get in her way. She can have you..."
Use of Juxtaposition
The difference in the way his parents talk to him contrasts how he is treated as an eight year old.
Use of Irony
Mr. Hargard was alive after Paul assumed he was shot.
Use of Pathos
Use of Satire
Mother uses words like "baby" and "little boy" to show that he is still a small child.
Father uses words like "big boy" and argues with his wife that Paul is not a baby.
There is a difference in parenting. Mrs. Leonard wants Paul to be treated as an eight year old while her husband sees him as an older child. Mr. Leonard pushes for his son's independence at a young age. Vonnegut also includes the mother's opinion for the basis of his argument.
Father states "We simply shake his hand, walk out, and go to the movie."
"A lump grew in Paul's throat as he though about the beautiful thing he and Sam were bringing to pass.
"...he cried because he and All-Night Sam had helped to kill a man."
"Don't rush it. When I saw him asleep there, I realized all over again how dreadfully short childhood is.
Creates a heart-warming scene to show the reader that Paul's frantic, childish reaction helped put an end to a fight.
Creates fear because of possible death in the story and sympathy for the boy because his good actions led to a bad outcome.
As a child, Paul is terrified by the scene occurring next door. He takes action simply out of his fear. His fear is spread to the reader because a child can not handle an event of this magnitude. This further shows the incompetence of a child and how his father was wrong in arguing that he could watch out for himself for the night.
Because of the viewpoint of a child, we believed the fight was between Hargar and his wife. After this statement, we conclude that it was a girlfriend.
"She barged into the foyer, a suitcase bumping against her...she ran to Hargar...'I got your message darling and I did just what All-Night Sam told me to do.' "
Here we conclude that the fight was with a girlfriend and the wife is back because of Paul's message.
Because we had the viewpoint of a child, we did not have all of the details regarding what was going on. Paul made assumptions based on what he heard, which is not what an adult would do without having all the details beforehand. This also shows that Paul was not ready to face a problem that an adult would handle. He is not ready to reach adulthood.
While Hargard is arguing with a woman, Paul is playing with a microscope. This contrasts adult actions with childish actions.
The way an eight year old is treated and the way he behaves shows he is still in a childhood stage. With his father's urgency to grow up, the reader concludes that a child Paul's age should not be pushed to grow up when his actions show that he is not prepared.
Vonnegut ridicules the effects of eavesdropping, a childish action to take. All-Night Sam makes the conclusion that Paul's folks are fighting and that he is listening to them. This further shows that a child usually chooses to eavesdrop versus an adult who is more respective of another person's privacy.
Although Mr. Leonard wanted Paul to be treated as an older child, Paul took the childish route of choosing to eavesdrop on his neighbors. He then had to deal with the consequences of his actions. If he had been more grown up, he would have chosen to respect their privacy.
Paul's assumption that the woman was Hargard's wife and his decision to help created a bigger problem.
When a child interferes, he usually does not think of the effects of his actions. When he assumes...you know the saying! Because he was a kid and did not have the experience or mindset of an adult, the reader can conclude that he was not ready to achieve adulthood, as suggested by his father.