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Butler, “Crickets”


I can really hear the voice in this story. Unlike the last story that we read, “Fairy Tale,” the education level of the character is higher. The difference in the way the sentences are structured are a running theme in Butler’s stories. He uses long sentences with many commas. This pattern allows for him to convey the voice and allows us, the reader, to understand how the character is thinking, it also helps guide us through many cultural thoughts we, as the reader, might not understand.

Butler uses allegory. The allegory he uses works for the story, because it helps the reader understand the characters state of mind in a visual way. He talks about two different crickets one fire cricket and one black cricket, each of the descriptions for these crickets match how he views the Americans he works with as well as his son. His son and co-workers are the black crickets big, slow, and strong. While he views himself as the fire cricket, fast but not strong.

There is not a strong plot in Butler’s story, but because it has elements of self-reflection it helps the reader develop a relationship or connection with the main character and the plot no longer matters. We can relate to the fact that Ted wants to relate to his boy—Bill—but finds it difficult because he allows Bill to grow up to be an American. It’s not exactly a coming of age story because the story is about how Ted views the world and not about Bill.

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