Review of A Shot in the Light Essay

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Review of A Shot in the Light

The narrator is a naïve person. He believes in the best of people. It
does not even cross his mind that Ray could ever hurt him. He trusts
Ray. After only two days with a person he has never seen before, he
trusts him. He gives Ray clothes, money, food and a reason to believe.
He is a salesman with a van and some few things. He is not wealthy. He
makes his living. And though he has not much to give he still gives.

Ray is a player. How can he make the narrator believe in him? What
does he do to make it that way? The person we see, shooting the
narrator is a part of Ray. The person we see, after shooting the
narrator is also a part of Ray. Ray has a split personality
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Maybe there is not only Satan hidden inside of
him? Maybe there is something good also?

He is shocked. God did not die. God cannot die. He will live on
forever. But can Satan die? Can he be replaced?

"A Shot in the Light".

Ray cannot kill the goodness in the narrator by shooting him. By being
evil. This is only a single try of evilness against the world of
goodness. One little shot cannot defeat the good. But perhaps the
little shot from an evil can defeat the evil?

The story is called "A Shot in the Light" because it is nothing more
than a single try to defeat the good. It is no big thing. Only a
little shot in a world of light. It cannot do any harm.

Maybe Ray sees the light after shooting against it? Maybe the light
can defeat the evil inside Ray?

Though the narrator does not know it, the good is looking after him:
"This light, this power inside me was so strong, though I had no idea
where it came from."[2]

All the good in world goes together and helps the narrator.

On that background the first theme is the difference between good and
bad. With good shall bad be defeated. There are too much good in this
world to be defeated by evil.

The second theme is to take life for granted. Even the narrator takes
his life for granted. He likes his life and his van, stuff, family and
friends, but it is here, it has always been here and it will always be…

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