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"The Jockey" -Carson McCullers
Transcript of "The Jockey" -Carson McCullers
Setting: dining room in Saratoga; August
Point of View: 3rd person, omniscient, impartial
Tone: Sad, grotesque (watching a person self-destruct)
- “crazy”, bitter, self-destructive (gaining weight), childish
- hears bad news that worsens the realization that his career is coming to an end.
Trainer, Bookie, Owner:
- Flat characters that represent the enemy for Bitsy
- Frustrated people who feel they have no power will self-destruct.
- Sometimes when something you love is coming to an end, it is difficult to let go.
- The misfortunes of others can often force you to make hard realizations about yourself.
Bitsy Barlow vents his anger and frustration at his (perceived) tormenters.