Sorry for Disturbing You

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Sorry for Disturbing You – Assignment A &B A) Write an essay (700-900 words) in which you analyse and interpret Richard Knight's short story "Sorry for Disturbing You". Regret is defined as a feeling of sorrow or remorse for a fault, act, loss or disappointment. In spite of this melancholic definition, regret is inevitable in our lives. But it is often said, that “if we spend our time with regrets over yesterday, and worries over what might happen tomorrow, we have no today in which to live.” Hence, we must strive to reach a state of mind, where the regret that fills our lives and its consequences are accepted. The consequences of not reaching this state, is what Michael, a character in the short story “Sorry for Disturbing You”, is…show more content…
Michael appears to function in the story, as a reminder for Ian, to keep his loved ones close or he will end up a lonely remorseful man, like Michael. It is almost as if Michael is a wake-up call for Ian that he needs to sort out his life and take control, in order to prevent future regrets. When Ian is back home, he takes “the first careful steps up the stair”. With emphasis on the word first, it is here clear, that Ian has learned from the situation and is taking his first steps into a new existence. But it is because of his regret Michael shows up in Ian’s life; being exposed to loneliness for a longer period of time, will often lead to an urgent need of human contact or some kind of compassion and sympathy. So regret is in fact an inevitable consequence of life, but why not try to limit the amount of it in our lives? It’s hard to avoid all possible situations leading to regret, and sometimes we most priorities and are in doubt of the right choice. So don’t strive to live a completely regret free life, just learn to resolve and tolerate the unavoidable regret. B) Write a short essay (200-300 words) in which you give examples of the function of dialogue in "Sorry for Disturbing You". The dialogue in “Sorry for Disturbing You” is very thought-provoking, because it completely determines the story’s composition. The dialogue fills up most of the text, but Ian, the narrator, also influences with his aspects of the story, for
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