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'Just Along For The Ride' by Dennis Kurumada (Analysis)

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 “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 i..

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 the truth about her son’s accident (cf. p.2, l.35ff).

Additionally, he is angry with his friends, who were also involved in the accident, because they do not want to go tot he police and they do not see, that they are guilty (cf. p.2, l.44). Instead, he is presented as a really sensitive person, because he shows all his emotions (cf. p.2, l.45). Later you can see clearly, that the first- person narrator has got a special relationship to the other characters.

At first, it seems as the first- person narrator only goes out with his friends this evening, because he does not have anything else better to do (cf. p.1, l.5). But while they are in the car and drive around with no finish, he is still bored (cf. p.1, l.3f). From the first- person narrator’s friends’s ponit of view, he is a total coward, because he worries t.....[read full text]

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