Reviewer’s Name: Leviza Murtazayeva
Title of Piece: The First Day
Author’s Name: Edward P. Jones
Voice & Style
I enjoyed reading this short story, mostly because the style of it was very settle and intelligent, as if I was there listening to the narrator. The author did a good job of putting the words and details about every character’s movement and next action. This made the story more realistic and relatable to some people who reads the piece. The style and voice was very innocent and settle which made it easy to read.
Point of View
I enjoyed that the point of view of the author was writing from was from a narrator which is a young girl who was going to her first day of school. The point of view made the story more interesting since the little girl was basically had a new impression of her dear mother, which she has never seen before.
The author included a dialogue between the characters that occur in the story and between the thoughts the narrator and herself. This made the story more innocent and sad in some way since, the mother of narrator was unable to read or write but she was stubborn about her child’s education.
I enjoyed reading from the end to the beginning which, especially when a little girl, the narrator, realizes how much her mother is trying for her children. The moment was reminded when the girl realized how her mother wanted her to go the school and know about the whole world, says a lot about how strong her mother is and how much she wants for her child, especially when reader learns that the mother missed the education part of her life. It seems like she doesn’t want the same path for her kids, too.
Why would not a school from a different area take the girl to attend the school, and rather suggest a different one?
How did the girl picture her mother in her eyes, what did she learn about her?
How would the family be treated by the new school knowing that the family is uneducated?
Would her mother be interested in learning to read and write for her self, after all?