Karma Upon Death by Scrabble

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Tyrone Gibson


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Karma Upon Death By Scrabble

Karma. What is karma? Is it a part of life? Is it what helps us make decisions? Or is it the

balance of life and everyone living in it? In Charlie Fish’s story Death By Scrabble karma is the main

theme. This fictional story is about a husband and his wife playing Scrabble, a game in which players

earn points for the words made by them with available letters. The story narrates how the words in the

game reflect the practical life of the
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“I don’t believe it- it can’t be

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a coincidence. The letters made it happen. I played the word explodes...and the air conditioning unit

exploded” (page 3) with this mindset of the husband he reveals the irony and the reality in the story for

the reader. A big part of irony in the story is how his cousin “Harold swallowed a bee when he was

nine, his throat swelled up and he died.” (page 1) Then towards the end of the story he chokes on a “b”

just like his cousin and dies. The greatest irony in the story is the fact that throughout the whole time the

husband is playing scrabble trying to figure out which words he can spell out to kill his wife, but what he

doesn’t know is that his wife is playing the same game. And ironically she ends up winning. Irony in this

story best illustrates Karma.

Finally the use of these literary terms helped create the theme of this story. The suspense kept

the reader wanting to know what will happen to the wife. will he kill her? Foreshadowing in this story is

also another huge part in showing karma, when he
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