The short story, “The Juggler”, written by Ursula Hegi, takes place in Coeur d’Alene in the first weekend of October. This first-person narrator tells the story of a mother who is struggling to accept the fact that her daughter Zoe’s boyfriend Michael is slowly losing his eyesight. The author starts by describing the relationship between Michael and Zoe as very loving but dependant relationship.
He then proceeds to describe the situation from the mothers perspective as she is not at ease with her daughter carrying such a burden for the rest if her life with her boyfriend.
In this short yet effective adventure, the author shows us the importance of selflessness and true love.
He makes us reflect on the value of having a purpose in life.
Author’s technics and literary devices
This is shown in evidence through symbolism and metaphor.
The story starts to unfold during a visit by the narrator’s daughter and her boyfriend during a cold and grey season of the first weekend of October, where the daughter, Zoe, brings home her boyfriend Michael to meet her mother and as they carry on their planned activities, the mother starts to have internal conflicts about accepting her daughter’s relationship.
Intro to evidence 1
This is clearly is an indication of the mood of the story that the author wants to convey. The narrator is struggling and wants to break free from this uneasy and off-putting feeling.
The narrator state: “I want to believe in faith and risk and a world where you can stand beneath the grey October sky and flash your own colours through the air like a magician” (last page, last para, last sentence).
Evidence 1 analysis
Here the narrator is struggling with breaking free from her own mental shackles and spread colors to replace her reservations and believe in her daughter’s purpose of living her life for the purpose of supporting her boyfriend’s every basic needs.
Intro to evidence 2
As the story progresses, the narrator recall past experiences with her daughter and is constantly talks about her daughter and herself as she does not feel any urge to make current conversation with her daughter’s boyfriend.
She clearly talks about the activities her and Zoe, the daughter, used to do and recalls that Zoe used to sleep on the couch with her palms firmly closed. (para 21)
Evidence 2 analysis
This symbolises that her mother is very much stuck in past times and does not want to let her daughter go for the purpose of serving someone else’s life. She recalls when her daughter used to comfort her during her time of need. She feels guilty and wants her daughter to live for herself and not for the purpose of someone else which shows a lack of selflessness.
Zoe has shown evidence of true love and selflessness through taking care of her mother when she was young and now she has shown compassion and promise to serve her boyfriend in his time of need which...