Astrological Emptiness in Steve Almond’s “The Problem of Human Consumption

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In Steve Almond’s story “The Problem of Human Consumption”, it revolves around the theme of loss, morning, and grief. Almond’s story focuses on a widowed father who is passed on to raise his daughter single handily. The story discussed a day in which feelings of morning and deception are brought out among the characters. The feelings of loss, morning and grief in this story have greatly manifested the way this story was written and interpreted. After breaking down Almond’s story and reanalyzing it, it can be determined that through his use of the parallel of astrology (space) mixed with his way of selective word choice and use of symbolism that he is able to strongly and effectively support his work.
According to the Oxford dictionary
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In Steve Almond’s story “The Problem of Human Consumption”, it revolves around the theme of loss, morning, and grief. Almond’s story focuses on a widowed father who is passed on to raise his daughter single handily. The story discussed a day in which feelings of morning and deception are brought out among the characters. The feelings of loss, morning and grief in this story have greatly manifested the way this story was written and interpreted. After breaking down Almond’s story and reanalyzing it, it can be determined that through his use of the parallel of astrology (space) mixed with his way of selective word choice and use of symbolism that he is able to strongly and effectively support his work.
According to the Oxford dictionary definition, astrology is the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as having an influence on human affairs and the natural world. Based on this definition, it seems that astrology has a strong correlation to body movements, human affairs, and dimensional space. In the story, there is a scene where Jess’s father explores her room, and in this scene it is observed that “There are two desks, one devoted to her schoolwork, the second to her recent fanatical interest in astrology.” (Almond 142). After analyzing this quote and after defining what astrology is exactly the study of; it can be determined that the mentioning of astrology in this story serves as a parallel in which body movements, actions of the
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