Short Story #249: He by Katherine Anne Porter
Author: Katherine Anne Porter
ReflectionThere's a lot in this story to contend with and process. One fascinating element is of course that we have no point of view of He. He is but a pronoun--no name, no expressions. So much about He is communicated through the mother and her motivations and ability to accurately represent the truth are questionable since so much of her identity is wrapped up in what other's think and that in the end, she largely regrets His birth. We learn very little about He but His tears at the end are very telling in that they do communicate some sense of inner life that his family largely denied him.
Short Story #249 out of 365
Rating: 4 (out of 5 stars)
Date Read: 7/20/2014
Source: The short story can be found at this website.
For a full listing of all the short stories in this series, check out the category 365 Short Stories a year.
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