This is My Living Room

Her får du hjælp til analyse af novellen “This is My Living Room” fra 1966 af Tom McAfee. Teksten findes i lærebogen Worlds of English (s. 133) .

Tom McAfee (1928-1982) var en amerikansk professor, poet og novelleforfatter. 


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Power and control

The theme of power and control is suggested from the title, through the possessive “my”. The possessive “my” appears several times in the story, suggesting that the narrator is a controlling man. For example, he talks about “my town” (p. 137, l. 34), “my store” (p. 137, l. 4), or “my guns” (p. 136, l. 20). He also has the same attitude towards people. He refers to his daughters as “my two girls” (p. 134, l. 4) and does not seem to be able to see them or his wife as individuals with a will of their own.

The narrator tries to assert his control by dominating others. He feels powerful and in control when he beats his wife and when he forces her to do things that she dislikes (p. 133, ll. 21-24). When he notices that his oldest daughter has started “to paint her face at school” (p. 134, l. 9), he takes her out of school and forces her to work in his store. He also feels in control when he is aggressive towards his youngest daughter and makes her cry (p. 134, ll. 21-23). The narrator treats his family like they are his possessions and thinks he has the right to make decisions for them.

The narrator feels in control, especially when he uses violence in his interactions with other people. He threatens Sam Coates with his rifle, and he also threatens Old Ezmo and his ...

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