Reviewer’s Name: Dylan Nanjad
Title of Piece: The First Day Author’s Name: Edward P. Jones
Plot: The author describes the author’s first day of kindergarten, which their mother took them to. They encountered a few problems during the enrollment process, during which the author saw a side of their mother which had been hidden before. I really like how Jones establishes that they learned to be ashamed of their mother later in life, and makes it clear over the course of the story as to why that happened. Why didn’t Jones leave out that they were ashamed of their mother?
Characters: The characters are Jones, their mother, and a few adults and children at Walker-Jones and Seaton. However, Jones only describes their mother’s interactions with two adults, which highlights how different she is from other grown-ups. When did Jones start understanding why their mother was ashamed?
Point of View: Although Jones wrote this from a first person perspective, the story is really about their mother. I really enjoy how Jones allows us to look at their mother through the lens of a five year old instead of making it a third person description. It somehow makes their mother feel more real and makes it easier to understand why Jones later became ashamed of her.
Dialogue: I like how the dialogue between Jones’ mother and the school employees shows that the mother is self conscious and doesn’t want her child to end up the same way. Why didn’t they show more dialogue between themself and their mother?