Reaction 7 - Rachel Schwarz ENG 112-NF 24 February 2011...

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Rachel Schwarz ENG 112-NF 24 February 2011 “Glen Echo” ‘”Why are you doing this to yourself?”’ I’d ask. I was thinking, ‘”Why are you doing this to us?”’ and ‘”Where have all the good times gone?”’ (57). These questions are not the typical questions a groom ponders on his wedding day. “Glen Echo” is a representative of some males’ greatest fear; to lose your identity and become locked into a marital relationship. The tone is of resentment and longing. Randy, a previous womanizer, is unsure of who he is now that he is marrying a “Bridezilla”. Several times the story flashes back and forth from past memories and from wedding scenes; happier times and unhappier times. The reader is first introduced to Randy at a party, where he has slept with every woman except for one: his future bride Gina. Confident, arrogant Randy transforms into a self conscious, awkward man through his marriage to Gina. Constantly, Randy imagines that the wedding guests perceive him as a “Nitwit”, “Stupid ass”, “Dickhead”, “Asshole”, and “Bum” (49, 51). The most essential symbol in “Glen Echo” is Randy’s motorcycle. It represents the
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This note was uploaded on 08/28/2011 for the course ENG 112 taught by Professor Savoie during the Spring '08 term at Miami University.

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Reaction 7 - Rachel Schwarz ENG 112-NF 24 February 2011...

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