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Are These Actual Miles?
Transcript of Are These Actual Miles?
Usually about lower class people
Characters have real life problems
Plot usually follows real life sequence of events 1938-1988
Wrote mainly short stories, and poetry
Dirty Realism "I told you," she says. "I have to go now."
"Wait, wait a minute, for Christ's sake," he says. "Did somebody buy the car or not?"
"He had his checkbook out when I left," shes says. "I have to go now. I have to go to the bathroom."
"Wait!" he yells. The line goes dead. He listens to the dial tone. "Jesus Christ," he says as he stands with the receiver in his hand.
He circles the kitchen and goes back to the living room. He sits. He gets up. In the bathroom he brushes his teeth very carefully (133). Prose Type: Half Scene Structure Time took place over one night Characters Leo: Husband to Toni, father
life is out of control
cheated on wife
Toni: Wife to Leo, mother
smart, persuasive, confident
will do what she needs to do to get our of bankruptcy
Ernest Williams: Neighbor to Leo and Toni
watches everything in the neighborhood At Leo and Toni's home Conflict External: Having to sell the car so the couple do not go bankrupt
Internal: Leo letting Toni cheat because he feels guilty about cheating himself, and he knows that is the only way to get money for the car Theme: Leo's life and how desperate he is to still have money
relationship-cheating Tense: Present
"He goes for another drink. He adds ice and sees that his hand trembles. He holds the hand over the sink"(131)
Title Are These Actual Miles? The miles are a symbol for the past and how important the convertible was for them.
The word Monday. Monday was a symbol for starting over. Questions 1. Why were there so many random parts to the story? Dream?
2. Do you agree with Leo letting Toni cheat just because he did? Literary Devices