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The Physics of Large Objects

Second Person

Laura Woessner

on 3 May 2010

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The Physics of Large Objects Thesis Second Person You ARE Norman Pete Duval Reflection (Point of View) Duval uses the second person point of view, physical reflection, and the motif of death to illustrate the trials of humanity and to depict the climatic moment that defines Noman's life, your life. Story Background You wake up and walk outside
Your lawn now contains a eighteen wheeler
You assist the driver in freeing the rig Your background "You, who spend so much of your time alone in the house, forcing yourself to do things that might or might not result in finacial return; you would call it work if the word did not imply that what you do has a purpose." Death "Were you to spread your arms and rise now into the black vault of heaven, could they hold you down? Or would you burst through? And might you ascend into the blessed darkness to take your place, however briefly, at the right hand of the father?" "If you look closely enough: the entire visual field streches like taffy, in keeping with the principles of reflection and the limitations of the percieving eye's -your eye's - point of view." "A voice that often comments on what you, Norman, are doing at any moment, or thinking, the voice-over of your life, notes dryly that the analog world so perfectly emblematized by that projector is really gone." "Working class characters struggling with their fates populate the monochromatic New England landscape. Often lapsed Catholics, they measure the bleakness of their existence against memories of better times." "Moments of rare beauty" The reflection of himself that is distorted by the rig.
The foil of the truck driver Places the critical eye of the reader as the protagonist of the stroy Limits what you see Everything is relative to the beholder Norman's life results in nothing so his death would not change anything
"Dead to the world" He questions how he will be judged "To be of service" Forces the reader to examine their own lives
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