Close reading of moonlit road

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Godel 1 Tamar Godel Professor Jeffrey Renye English 1002 Sect. 39 11 February 2008 Close Reading of: “The Moonlit Road” In The Moonlit Road , by Ambrose Bierce, the most revealing character narrative is that of Caspar Grattan. In Grattan’s section, we learn not only what has happened to the father character (Joel Hetman, Sr.) since the events of the walk with his son, we also learn what actually happened the night the mother character (Julia Hetman) was killed. Through decades of poverty, guilt, and wandering, Grattan has been affected his entire life because of the events of that one night – the night he killed his wife. In the intervening years, he has been in prison and on the run, always remembering his guilt and never the life he led before. On the evening Grattan sets down this account, he intends to kill himself; it is his previous experiences, both in the asylum and running away, that caused his seeming insanity. While we learn in the first paragraph that Grattan has been called such for more than twenty years, he does not remember his previous name. Grattan mentions that “the name has served my small need” (Bierce). With this he tells us that he does not consider his use of the name a worthwhile one. He sees himself as a mere placeholder in this world. We see a similar mentality in the first line of his narrative – “tomorrow….will lie a senseless shape of clay” (Bierce). From this, we get the impression that Grattan has a very low opinion of himself and the
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENGLISH 1002 taught by Professor White during the Fall '08 term at Temple.

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