Analytical essay on short story

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Write an analytical essay (900-1200 words) in which you analyse and interpret Fiona Maazel’s short story “Let’s Go to the Videotape”.

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Losing your partner can be devastating, and even more with a child involved. On top of handling your own grief, you need to manage your child’s. As a remaining parent, the responsibility of parenthood weighs heavily, and you may be struggling to face the painful emotions and move on. This struggle is portrayed in Fiona Maazel’s short story “Let’s Go to the Videotape” from 2016. Since losing his wife, Nick has been caring for their 5-year-old son Gus, but father and son find it hard to talk about their loss. When Nick wins a TV show, he believes it could be the start of a happier life.


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The story is told by a limited third person narrator which follows Nick’s point of view. The action starts in medias res when Nick and Gus are in the studio waiting for the result of the video contest. Nick submitted a funny video he made of Gus crashing his bike. The story includes several flashbacks, and already in the first one we learn about the making of the video, the tragic loss of Gus’ mother in a car accident where the blame is still waiting to be assigned, and how Nick and Gus have been hit hard by it (ll. 1-25). The first sentence of the story foreshadows a problem in Nick and Gus’ relationship: “The finalists were him and some other people, but really there was just him. Him filming his boy.” (l. 1). The point of view is…

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