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Just Along For The Ride by Dennis Kurumada Analysis The first- person narrator from the short story ‚Just along for the ride’ by Dennis Kurumada, published in 1972, is a really desperate man, who does not know what to do in a serious and complicated situation. On one hand, he wants to say the truth and on the other, he does not want to betray his friends. Fairly early in the short story, there is shown the desperating first- person’s inner- conflict. First, he is a really sincere person, because he wants to go to Ken Benjamin’s mother to tell her…

 “Just along for the ride”

by Dennis Kurumada

Story and Work Tasks a), b), c) & d)


Inhaltsverzeichnis

1.     Story. 1

2.     Work Tasks a,b,c and d. 2

a)     Describe Dick: 2

b)     How does the narrator feel? 2

c)     What type of text is it? 2

d)     Is the narrator a friend? 3

 


1.   Story

The short story “Just along for the ride” (1984) by Dennis Kurumada is about an adventure of Dick, Phil, Reid, Steve and the narrator. The five friends are cruising around aimlessly when Phil proposes hitting a person. He imagines opening the door fast and prodding it with the door.

After having looked for a victim, the friends approach a boy. They want to collide with the child whereas the narrator refuses their plan. The boys choose Ken Benjamin, the narrator’s friend, as the victim. The narrator warns Dick to stop aiming at Ken. However, the driver bumps the boy and drives off.

The narrator wants to return in order to see if Ken was dead or still alive. His friends plan to take flight because they do not want to be punished for their crime. In the meantime, another car drives behind them. The boys shake the pursuer off by driving on side roads.

Finally, everybody arrives home. The narrator enters his house at midnight. He feels guilty and is decided to drive to Ken’s house and look after him. But, the narrator is not able to do this. So, he returns home where his friends expect him to listen to their words.

They tell him that Ken is safe and sound. Anyway, the narrator pays a visit at Ken’s.


2.   Work Tasks a,b,c and d

a)     Describe Dick:

Dick is a hit-and-run driver. He flees from the pretended unmarked police vehicle. Later, the driver visits his friend in order to e.....[read full text]


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