Essay - Elephant

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”Elephant” is a short story written by Polly Clark. The theme in the text is the desire to fulfill your dreams. However it’s not always as easy to succeed in the things you want the most.

“Elephant” opens in medias res, as we’re being thrown into a world where William is sitting by his desk, surrounded by a pile of notes and facts. Already in the beginning of the text we’re able to see that William encounters problems with his writing. He states that the skill to being a good writer is commitment, and not inspiration. “This inability to write a word had gone on for weeks. His own adage that writing was 99 percent about commitment not inspiration had not helped him shift a single page in all that time” this also indicates that he may have lost the motivation to write. The reader also becomes more aware of the kind of depressing feeling in the house. “The house was quiet. It was early afternoon, drawing towards a shining evening. The closed curtains of his study glowed with brilliant sunshine. Writing was impossible for William if there was a view onto the garden…” . The short story is told by a third person narrator, but we also hear about William’s thoughts and therefor we relate to him. Whilst reading the story we feel sorry for him.
William is not happy with what he writes a about. He writes biographies of pop singers, when all he really wants is writing about movie stars, but someone where quicker to get the job. “William wrote biographies of pop singers. Female, alive, young, career-to-date. They were short biographies with lots of photographs, sold in record shops for €1.99, composed from the facts William could glean from the internet. William would have preferred the film stars(male, golden age of cinema) but those had been claimed by someone quicker..”
The story takes place on a normal afternoon in William’s life. We hear a lot about how he dreams…...

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