Sorry for Disturbing You - Essay

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Richard Knight 2008
Sorry for Disturbing You

The short story Sorry for Disturbing You by Richard Knight is written in past tense and limited 3rd person narrator. It starts in media res, our protagonist Ian opens the door, and a man is standing on his doorstep. By starting the story it makes the readers wonder what is going on, and it is like you are having the same exact reaction as Ian when he opens the door. The readers can identify themselves, and understands Ian’s feelings, why he does the things he does. And it is all because of the start of this story.

Mistakes happen but the important part of mistakes is learning from them. Like Eleanor Roosevelt once said “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to
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Ian didn’t need the whole story he could see the regret in Michaels eyes. “Ian quickly knitted a story. An affair, a discovery, the separation, the alcoholism, the exclusion from his daughters wedding” it made him realise that Michael was not the only one to be thankful Ian was too. That is also one of the reasons why they leave the dark print Michael left on the yellow wall. It is a reminder because Michael has not just left a mark on the wall, but on all of them, it is not something you can be washed away. In the end when Ian is home again, Karen and Corinne’s is in the bathroom. Ian decided to make to cups of tea and hot milk. He tries to save his family before it goes wrong.

We see the male loneliness in the story, Michael do not seem to have any friends, and therefor not good at socialising. And when he does talk to people he keeps on apologising. So it makes sense that he has been isolating himself, after he got rejected at the wedding when he was supposed to walk his daughter down the aisle. He decided to close himself, and the only thing allowed to be near him was the alcohol. The alcohol seem like it is the only thing that Is keeping him alive, he do not have a friends or family to live for. And they would probably not notice him gone, as they do not want him near them. Kerby Anderson’s “Male loneliness” describes how the women are more likely than men to express themselves and have better skills to
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