Character Analysis: A Cabin On The Coast

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Kathryn Medina English 200 Paper # 1 Final Oct.7, 2011 Wolfe, Gene. “A Cabin on the Coast.” The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year’s Best Science Fiction. Ed. Gardner Dozois. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2005. 19-27. When first starting off the story, we come to meet Timothy Ryan O’Neal, who goes by Tim and his girlfriend Lissy. We also learn how family oriented Tim is and how he does not want to upset or disappoint his father who is a famous politician by marrying Lissy. His father does not believe that Lissy is good for Tim or good for the family, therefore rejecting the idea of them being together. Tim brings Lissy to his father’s beach house to spend a few days alone. One morning Tim cannot find…show more content…
Wolfe’s ability to use dialogue makes this story run smoothly and have a comfortable feel. An example of this would be when they are lying on the beach and their conversation is, “He handed the bottle over. "It isn't bad, if you don't object to a complete lack of character.” "I sleep with you, don't I?" "I have character, it's just all rotten…”…"You drank half the bottle. You're too high to drive." "Bullshoot." Lissy giggled. "You just said bullshoot. Now that's character." This makes the characters come to life and give the reader a chance to be a part of their lives. You can tell how much Tim loves Lissy by the way he talks and listens to her. He jokes but is never condescending or rude towards…show more content…
His style of writing is like no other, he is very eloquent in the way he sets up his scenes, and the way his characters interact with one another. Even though Wolfe’s style is very eloquent, there are still holes in the story to where the reader has to really think about what is really happening and figure out where the story is going to go from that point. This short story has received much recognition, including the Nebula and Locus Awards for short stories. It is very drawn out and Wolfe seems to have mapped out each scene, character and theme in a very detailed manner. He is able to hurl the reader right into the story without taking forever to do it. The plot goes by in such speed that you find yourself getting caught up in the horror of this actually happening one day. You feel like the characters are your friends, family members, coworkers; Wolfe offers the reader to feel that united with them. “A Cabin on the Coast” is a great detailed story that presents an outrageous adventure that may happen one day in our society. It is full of surprises that make you want to keep reading to figure out what is going to happen next. Gene Wolfe does a great job in being able to relate this book to all ages and all

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