Analysis Of Nights Below Station Street

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Nights Below Station Street Everyone can relate to the most common universal truths. The universal truths everyone can relate to are family problems, dealing with a teenager, alcoholism, and unemployment. These universal truths can have really bad effects on people such as isolating oneself from family or not wanting to do anything with a specific person in the family. Universal truths can also have good effects such as being in an abusive relationship and eventually getting out of it and starting fresh. David Adams Richards portrays these universal truths in his novel, Nights Below Station Street, through the use of simple language, use of flashbacks for each character and his personal connection to the novel and its character, Joe. Firstly, David A. Richards uses a simple language in his novel, Nights Below Station Street, for the better understanding of the reader. Richards uses general words and avoids the use of big words that a certain reader, such as an ESL student might not know the meaning of. Richards also includes a detailed description of everyday activities in his writing. Some readers might find the detailed description of everyday activities incredibly useful when it comes to the character’s development. The reader may find important characteristics of the protagonist’s personality due to the detailed description. (Quora, Aman Anand). Richards does not specifically states the universal truths but gets them across through the use of general words and detailed description. In the novel, Richards states, “She (Adele) often criticized her mother for being foolish enough to live with him (Joe). It seemed to her that if her mother wanted to be a fool now, and wanted to keep kids for other people - this to Adele was an insult” (Richards 32-33). This quote lets readers know that Adele has problems with her mother and does not like the fact that her mom lives with Joe, her father. Adele finds her mom’s job to earn for the family embarrassing as she thinks its an insult to her. When teenagers do not show consideration for other people, it is not that they want to humiliate or spite them; it is because other people simply are no relevance in their world. They get caught up in their own self-centeredness

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