Essay about the short story, Four (with focus on narrative technique and the obsession with celebrities). In the blue sky
an airplane fly
with two kind of human
a man and a woman.
Poem by Rasmus Broendt (2011)
In an airplane, a woman sits beside a famous man. This is in the 21. Century and the chances lead the woman and the celebrity together: “If I were a more self-assured person I would not have volunteered to give up my seat on an overcrowded flight, would not have been upgraded to first class, would not have been seated beside him.” It sounds like once-in-a-lifetime-chance, but in the beginning the main character says: “Twice I have sat next to a famous man on an airplane”. The reader is in the first sentence of the story presented to three persons, two famous men (but only the second man is important in the story) and one narrator. The narrator is the main character and therefore of course a part of the story. But also the first sentence reveals a clue about where this story takes place, on an airplane.
Of course is there something special about stories on a plane. Many things can happen on such a small space more than 8 kilometers above the ground. Some movies and historical events can be the reason for this particular atmosphere (ex, the movie “Snakes on a Plane” and the terrorist flight into the Twin Towers, 11. September 2001). But the fact that the story starts on a plane could also shows about how the main character feels. The main character is average, but on the plane she became volatile. But the main character and the celebrity are not introduced with a long description of their looks. The main character just noticed the famous man, and then he wakes up.
From that point, where the celebrity wakes up, the story gets two points of view. Almost the whole story we get the main character’s point of view, but the author had make the text like a video recording. So when the famous man in the story...
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