Crossing

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Crossing is a short story, which is written by Mark Slouka in 2009. The short story takes up father and son relationship. The father takes his son out on a trip to pass on their knowledge about how to conquer Mother Nature. But more important on that trip is, that it binds the father and the son together, and that is exactly what the father wishes to obtain.

Through a third person narrator, the reader is presented to a father and his son. The father is pretending in the short story as a father who has a hard time in life after a divorce from his wife. Because of the divorce the father is now determined to find something that matters, and he wants a strong and sound relationship to his son, I don’t think the father have anything else in his life since the wife divorced him, and therefore he wants a good relationship with his son, so he wont lose him as well. It seems like it was the mother who wants the divorce, and it seems like the father has done something wrong which not could be forgiven “When he looked at her she shook her head and looked away and at that moment he thought, maybe – maybe he could make this right” and in that moment the father gets this idea that the son and him can bond trough male things, he wants to do things that the boy cannot do with his mother, by choosing something he did with his own father. Sometimes we gets glimpse of the things the father is struggled with, “He hadn’t been happy in a while”, that quote tells us that the father has lost the ability to be happy, and when he finally gets happy he does not know why. The father wants to find happiness.
By using this narrative technique Slouka brings us closer to the father, in a way we feel sorry for the father and hope that he succeeds with his son.
Because of this reticent narrator you don’t get insight to the son’s mind, instead is the son described trough his father’s eyes, the…...

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