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“Night Hunting”

Megan Bergman’s “Night Hunting” features a young woman trying to cope with her mother’s terminal cancer, similarly resonating with the melancholic tone the narrator often possesses in each of Bergman’s short stories featured in the Birds of a Lesser Paradise collection. This story, however, failed to keep my attention as efficiently as her other pieces, […]

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Bergman’s decision to begin each paragraph without a transition into the next thought proved to be very effective due to the narrator’s attitude towards her bad luck concerning love. She is very indecisive throughout the story, and the depths of her confusion are shown through juxtaposed syntax. I think it’s interesting that she has such […]

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Bergman’s, “Yesterday’s Whales,” tells the story of a woman who discovers she’s pregnant by her ‘anti-evolution’ boyfriend. Throughout the story, she uses italics to emphasize commentary going on within the narrator’s head. I thought it was very effective in the sense that it demonstrated the narrator’s hesitancy towards leaving her boyfriend; she was very precise […]

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I want to mother the world, I thought. I have so much love. Then–I have no business being a mother. I am a selfish woman. Then–I can do this. Millions of women have been mothers. Then–I feel very alone. I do not know what I am capable of. The narrator feels oppressed by the lack […]

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