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Unformatted text preview: If Lorrie Moore was t rying to give readers an example of how sane she is, she failed miserably in her story How to Become a Writer. While her writing is ingenious, her state of mind is explosive yet rather interesting to read. Moore replaces the main character as you to make the story more personal, but it is very easy to assume when Moore mentions you she is actually talking about experiences she has had. Lorrie Moore describes in her story the obstacles relating to her writing she had to overcome throughout her life, and in most cases the results are pessimistic. The theme in the story is strong though, as she seems to want the central idea to be that just because everyone else does something, it does not make it necessarily right, and how just because you may do something you love differently, you may have to change it because of public opinion. This theme is very evident in the line Plots are for dead people, pore-face. Pore-face is referring to her high school English teacher, Mr. Killan. Mr. Killan tells Moore Some of your images are quite nice, but you have no sense of plot after reading her story about an elderly couple that accidently shoot each other in the head with a shotgun. Moore is t rying to tell the audience that you dont necessarily need a plot in your story, or you dont really need to follow what everyone else is doing to be right....
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- Spring '08