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Final Exam Journal - Car Crash While Hitchhiking

Final Exam Journal - Car Crash While Hitchhiking - Joshua...

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Joshua Huver 2 May, 2008 W. Johns ENG 1120 ENG 1120 FINAL EXAM In Denis Johnson’s 1992 short story “Car Crash While Hitchhiking,” Johnson tells the story of a drugged up man and his encounter with numerous people. People who get him high and people who merely offer him a ride and shelter from the pouring nighttime rain. The reader is forced to rely upon this man intoxicated beyond belief when in reality his reality is not real and therefore make him an unreliable narrator. For instance, the drugs from the salesman make the narrator sense things before they happen; he knows he is going to die but he does not mind getting into an accident and therefore sleeps along the ride. “Under Midwestern clouds like great grey brains we left … with a sensation of running around. As soon as we slowed down, all the magic of traveling together burned away.” Literally? The narrator loses interest in the salesman because the thrill and excitement of speeding down a high way has been compromised so the salesman can visit his girlfriend on the side. So because of this loss of interest, when
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