George Saunders’ Idiosyncratic Usage
George Saunders has a unique method of literature writing that analyses the form of what messages he tries to bring forth. Writers are not just word players, but they provide indicators of intricate subjects matter that they a move to actualize the momentum of information needed to address issues. Coordination of projects makes the concepts of literature get the authentication of ideas from mere thoughts, into words with motion, through idiosyncratic utilization in their mode of literature expositions. George Saunders has mastered the art of conditional relaying of information of ideologies using his stories that have gotten widespread attention.
A. Tenth of December
The ‘Tenth of December’ by George Saunders stands as one of the most compelling and fresh stories in the contemporary setting (Saunders, 2011). The author’s means of word choice in a way to make the story’s notions get hard to get assimilated in some quotas. For example, he writes about the ideas of a suicidal man who gets help from a boy in finding the will to continue living (Saunders, 2011). Such a statement sends chills to readers, as the perception of that reality should go the other way round with the older individual helping the younger individual. In the current state of affairs, young people get or seek help from older individuals in matters or work, academics, marriage, and life undertakings (Saunders, 2011).
One of the themes written about in the story is the contemplation of suicide. Saunders does explore the condition of man’s consciousness in preparation of their life (Saunders, 2011). Along with the story, clarity comes to the character Don Ebert that he has veered off in the cold plains to deliberate on fastening his suicide (Saunders, 2011). During Eber’s monologue, the readers get a better understanding that his thought process seems to imply that he does not fit in with the world and how it carries itself (Saunders, 2011). Eber’s mindset does not fit the stereotypical models of a mentally disturbed individual (Saunders, 2011). Checking his background one gets to understand that his mother left his father to go live with another man. Eber also does have two children and a wife but continues his journey to continue his suicidal contemplation (Saunders, 2011).
The author in his narrative makes it seem normal to consider suicide, concerning them looking at the pros and cons unusually (Saunders, 2011). This suicidal theme continues to put surrounding mechanisms in the relatively normal life situations and how individuals intentionally make decisions that may seem absurd to others and that thought process progresses (Saunders, 2011). Finally, the author introduces the protagonist aspect of how an individual can move from one end to the next and change their mind (Saunders, 2011).
Idiosyncrasy also gets utilized in the author’s theme analysis of difficulties that face morality (Saunders, 2011). Saunders at different stages of his narration of characters who had to contend with actions of wrong versus right (Saunders, 2011). An example can get seen from Don Eber at 53 years old and Robin and the young boy that each face their juxtapositions (Saunders, 2011). Robin does find Eber’s coat, and he views it good to return it and does imagine Suzanne his crush on her calling him a hero for going uphill just to return a coat. In as much as Robin seems childlike, his moral compass direction goes beyond his years (Saunders, 2011).
On the other had Eber’s morality as shown by the author that has a hint of getting dented as he makes up his mind to take his life as he viewed himself as a burden to the family (Saunders, 2011). His earnestness although at such a point in his life of suicide contemplation (Saunders, 2011). He does see Robin falling through the snow, and Eber gets faced again with a scenario of whether or not to save Robin (Saunders, 2011). The author shows Eber’s innate sense between wrongdoing and right actions, as he eventually chases to rescue Robin, demonstrating that his will power was still intact (Saunders, 2011).
B. Victory Lap
George Saunders analogy painted in the ‘Victory Lap’ shows something that can occur anywhere (Saunders, 2009). A boy named Kyle Boot gets to witness when at the deck at his house, as the next door girl, Alice Pope, gets dragged to a van, by an individual disguised as a meter-reader (Saunders, 2009). After a moment of hesitation, he goes forth to aid tackle the situation (Saunders, 2009). The narrative shows that readers can account for all events in their life without coming up with numerous modes of explanations. Weirdness gets demonstrated in the story, but somehow never gets to form into real reality (Saunders, 2009). The series of events displayed in the story show that events in the current life could happen anywhere, and normal individuals can always come to the rescue (Saunders, 2009).
The structure of the story displays the moments that happen on, before, and after the incidence (Saunders, 2009). These illustrations do make the reader contemplate on the resultant effects of the incidence to each of the story’s characters (Saunders, 2009). The internal monologues and third-person narrations plus an unlikely hero of the young boy puts an understanding that weakness viewed by others can get assimilated and turn out to become a great strength (Saunders, 2009). At one point in the story, the author’s point of view does separate itself from the thoughts of the characters by the involvement of the third person form of narration (Saunders, 2009).
In the first scene, the author zooms into Alison’s pausing at the staircase area before the commencement of the ballet recital, as she visualizes conversations or talks at a party with princes (Saunders, 2009). The author had the opportunity to sift through Alison’s thought or daydreaming episode, but he decides to delve deeper into them and takes the readers on a journey of a vivid imagination (Saunders, 2009). For example, the narrator makes illustration such as the reader to assume that the staircase got made of marble, and as she went down the staircase all heads did turn to get a glimpse of her (Saunders, 2009). The author’s utilization of rhetorical questioning widens the readers’ thoughts to make them one with the story (Saunders, 2009). Rhetorical questions come in very handy in involving the readers of a story or piece of literature.
The intents of the author show how disconnection can become a leading cause of weirdness in the society. The rhetoric of whether supposedly Alison had friends that would know every move she makes and vice versa, without the necessity to do so puts a lot in the readers’ minds (Saunders, 2009). On the contrary, she did not have such friends, even though all had been going okay for her, it is on an eventful day that something negative happened in her life (Saunders, 2009). On the other hand, Kyle lives a completely contrasting life, one that can get described as a nightmare (Saunders, 2009). Kyle never gets the opportunities to head outside due to the overprotectiveness of the parents in his life (Saunders, 2009).
Such a situation puts the contrast that an individual has to make at some point in their life (Saunders, 2009). Kyle gets to get depicted to break numerous rules and directives against his going outside completely, but he takes a stand and faces his worst nightmare (Saunders, 2009). Kyle not only goes against directives but in his endeavours, he ends up killing the villain is looking to save Alison (Saunders, 2009). Afterwards, Alison gets to have nightmares that seem to haunt her, in as much as her life looks magical in her daydreams (Saunders, 2009).
Although the victory lap includes Saunders’ utilization of wordplay and fatal developments, within the story (Saunders, 2009). The story shows the modes of feelings that individuals go through in day to day lives (Saunders, 2009). These include what people go through when put in situations or scenarios of directives, and when we go against the directives, somehow get into more trouble. In the line of trying to save others, going against the directives set upon people, then sometimes, the sad reality of pressure release might work either good or bad.
C. The Semplica-Girl Diaries
Saunders does depict the themes of moral corruption and materialism (Saunders, 2012). The narrator does show his dislike for the models of materialism and claims not to have any liking for rich folks with their open display of ostentation (Saunders, 2012). At other periods, he sometimes gets to envy the wealth and wishes that he could acquire such enviable wealth (Saunders, 2012). His desire in a way drives him to want to make his skillset more effective (Saunders, 2012). The main reason for the disdain can get traced to the nature of inequality which moves across the society, but all these perceptions only live up to a certain time before things start to change (Saunders, 2012).
It can get assumed that when an individual has a certain mode of thought or belief systems that those convictions are hard to change, depending on the nature or depth of these convictions. However, all conditions change when the narrator gets to hit it big when he wins the lottery, and he begins to get entangled in the greed and show of opulence (Saunders, 2012). He indulges in a vivid show of wealth such as expensive lawns that he tries to give rationale such as gifts for the daughter (Saunders, 2012).
Money does heighten his declining morality, the reader can connect it to the drive for success (Saunders, 2012). On the other hand, there gets expounded in the story the concepts of exploitation versus sacrifice, and it furthers the idiosyncratic notions that help the themes to get a better understanding (Saunders, 2012). Another noticeable idea as above is that people get into certain situations willingly by making sacrifices for those they care about (Saunders, 2012). This aspect can get challenged as the Semplica girls do not get seen as a form of sacrifice and, therefore, contradicts the whole issue of trying to make the daughter happy (Saunders, 2012). On the part of exploitation, the narrator views the conditions of the women and wonders if they would get to travel again, due to the display attached to the opulence that gets seen (Saunders, 2012). It, therefore, leaves the reader with the question of slavery from angles all tied up to the concept of immense wealth leading to widening inequality gaps (Morelli, Nolan, & Van, 2018).