Short Story Analysis.docx

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Me. Mom, Dad.” (Saunders 207). Here we see the first occurrence of bureaucracy versus humanity, and ultimately, the narrator chooses bureaucracy, in order to attain the job at Dirksen, and helps Rimney rebury the bodies in the woods. This environment of dehumanizing bureaucracy forces the characters in this story to choose a faceless job, one that is necessary to support the characters and their loved ones, over human morals, which would have them report the bodies. “Next morning the stink is gone. The office just smells massively like Pine-Sol.” (Saunders 209). Saunders masterfully uses distinct descriptions throughout the story to provide just enough information to give the reader the same senses as the narrator while keeping them totally immersed in the story. It seems the problem is solved until Gelton, a man who cleans trash up around the base, comes into the office with a grotesque human hand. It is quickly detected by Giff that this hand smells the same as the office had smelled while the bodies were hidden in it. Things quickly escalate: “Giff’s been at the grave with a shovel. So far it’s just the top of the jockey’s head sticking out, and part of the enclodded guy’s foot.” (Saunders 213). Again, this description is simple yet graphic, allowing the reader to feel the grotesqueness of the situation without losing focus of the suspense at hand. The tension increases drastically as Rimney explains to Giff the jobs at stake if the bodies are discovered, but Giff begins to preach and insists to ‘”Do what’s right, come what may,…” (Saunders 217). The feuds that once existed between Rimney and Giff pale in comparison to this conflict. “’Cross me on this, you’ll regret it…”’ (Saunders 217). Rimney threatens. At this point, the two characters have come to a crossroad. A sense of bureaucracy and humanity are put to the test a second time with Rimney
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thinking only of bureaucracy, and Giff thinking only of humanity. Giff, a god centered man, believes that god will take care of him no matter what, and thus does not need to hide the bodies, rather he must do what is right and trust that he will be taken care of. Oppositely, Rimney does not believe in god and thus, knows he must take care of himself. In order to do this, he must put human morals behind and hide the bodies so as to save his future job. It is an impossible compromise between the two men and through this, Saunders presents an incredibly challenging tension much like ones often faced in reality. The story continues in its bewildering fashion as the narrator simply observes the conflicts and relates them with no action or input on the matter, leaving the reader longing for opinion and a clearer understanding of the narrator’s mind. Instead of clarity, in a dramatic turn of events, Rimney has killed Giff and shows up at the narrator’s home with the body; Giff’s head is smashed by a rock. Rimney implores the narrator to help him with the body, baiting the job at Dirksen as motivation. Finally, the narrator takes a stand and refuses to help, “…No, no way, do
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  • Fall '18
  • Michael Jauchen
  • Short story, George Saunders, Giff

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