Machine Man

I denne study guide kan du få hjælp til at analysere novellen "Machine Man" af Marlish Glorie, som har været brugt til skriftlig eksamen i Engelsk A på HHX den 5. december 2018. Udover analysehjælpen kan du finde et summary af teksten, samt idéer til fortolkning og perspektivering. 

Eksamensspørgsmål

Write an analytical essay in which you analyse and interpret the short story “Machine Man” by Marlish Glorie. Part of your essay must focus on narration and point of view, characterization, theme(s) and message.

Write the analytical essay in English.

Word count: 800-1200 words

Præsentation af teksten

Titel: “Machine Man” (2016)
Forfatter: Marlish Glorie
Genre: Short story

Marlish Glorie er en australsk forfatter, som udover at skrive romaner og noveller også underviser i kreativ skrivning. Novellen "Machine Man" er en del af antologien Hope og har modtaget the Newcastle Award.

Uddrag

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Title

The title of the story “Machine Man” by Marlish Glorie is intriguing at first because it does not reveal much about the plot. Readers might imagine that the character is passionate about cars or that the action is set in a future world where man and machine are connected.

The title refers to the narrator and main character of the story, Paul, who is nicknamed ‘machine man’ by his boss, Black Jack: “Black Jack calls me the machine man because of all the bits of metal I've got sticking out of me and that if I ever got lost he'd find me easily with a metal detector” (ll. 23-24). The nickname is inspired by the fact that Paul has a lot of body piercings. Additionally, he works in an “auto-wrecker's yard” (l. 19). Paul himself seems closer to machines than people, considering the TV his family and the microwave his brother: “If the television set is my family, then my microwave oven has to be my brother” (l. 16). Furthermore, he feels like she could be a descendant of gadgets: “I think my ancestors could have been gadgets. I've worked in the auto-wrecker's yard since I was fifteen. It's my home, metal is my family.” (ll. 19-20)

The title becomes symbolic of Paul leading a lonely life, closer to gadgets and machines than to people. He also struggles to interact with people in ordinary terms and does not find it morally problematic to kidnap an old woman from a care home because he wants a mother.

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