"Blinking Eye" By Sam Shephard. Essay

1223 words - 5 pages

The concept of death is always combined with something sad and terrible. Especially if this concept happens to someone you're related to. It's very different how people react to the fact that someone they know has died and the reaction is frequently due to how their personality is. Are you either emotional or insensitive, not to be understood as someone with no feelings at all but insensitive as a person who hides his or hers emotional side beneath the surface. In some cases the fact that some-one just died seems too surreal to someone, which makes them ignorant to the truth and they refuse to realize the fact that someone has actually died. In this short story "Blinking Eye" adapted from "Great Dream of Heaven" made by Sam Shepard we hear from a young girl, who recently has lost her mother.The main character is neither named nor aged in this story but the fact that she has a high-school t-shirt and presumably a driver licence makes her at least 16 years old. As mentioned she has a mother who just died, an older sister, a little brother and a father we don't hear much about. The fa-ther and the brother play no big role in this story. The first time we hear from the brother is when she in connection with talking to the hawk compares that talk with the talks she used to have with her brother when he'd done something her father wasn't supposed to know about. This, and when she gets a flash back from her childhood in Green Bay barely remembering her father, are the two things we get to know about her father. This indicates she and her father didn't have a good rela-tionship with each other. The big sister Sally and her are arguing about a cheque for 100$ their mother had left behind. "See, I thought you told me to go ahead and cash that check. That was my understanding" (Page 1-2, line 16-17). This quote confirms the main character being unaware of she had been doing anything wrong towards her sister cashing the check. Actually I think she didn't even gave her a thought. But the fact that she says: "This was my understanding" could be a sign of insecurity and maybe to cash it for herself was the way she wanted to hear it but not actually did hear it. Either way she made a very selfish act cashing the cheque without consulting her sister or she just acted out of ignorance This following quote is taken from the time when she talks to her mothers' ashes in the urn: "Like I'm her worst enemy or something. Now she's going to be out there at the funeral and I've got to go through this whole thing all over again with her. This whole rou-tine." (Page 2, line 25-28). The main character is afraid of confronting her sister while they're hav-ing this minor argument. She even claims she's willing to give the sister the 100$ just to make her forget about it. I think the older sister wants to make a fuss about this because of her wanting to be the dominant in their relationship. And she is. She wants to state that she is the big sister and the main character is the...

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