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Analysis Of Chris Offutt's The Same River Twice

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The excerpt from Chris Offutt’s The Same River Twice depicts his hitchhiking as a young adult. “The guts of America unfolded in every direction as I traveled the interstate bloodstream” is a metaphor that describes the circulatory nature of American interstates, and implies that Offutt knows them well. Bill, Offutt’s employer, is introduced having “always wore some article of military clothing” thus implying his background, but being “prone to silent crying, apropos of nothing.” which implies his vulnerability. The backstory to his decision to travel across the western United States is shown through his interactions with his parents as a child. His father “got mad, which was not infrequent” and his mother whose “usual stance was a

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