Thirteen Ways of Looking - “Thirteen Ways of Looking:” Chapter 1 Summary & Analysis

Colum McCann
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Summary

The chapter begins with a man’s first person present tense narration. The man is sitting in a bed next to an oxygen tank, and a writing table is visible. The room is full of contemporary art. The man describes himself as a blanket shape on the bed.

Analysis

The main purpose of this chapter is to make the reader ask questions about the narrator’s identity. The reader is given very little details about the narrator himself, but it does seem like he has little mobility, as he does not move throughout the entire chapter. The author uses this strategically as a sort of foreshadowing to the later explanations about the character and his circumstances.

Discussion Question 1

What is the purpose of not revealing the narrator's identity?

Discussion Question 2

What could be the reasons behind the narrator's lack of...

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