Summary Of Perfectionism In 'Pancakes'

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The overall topic of the story is about perfectionism, perfectionism is a person who refuses anything that is not perfect and affects them by trying to keep everything perfect. In the story “Pancakes” by Joan Bauer, the protagonist in the story is Jill who is a perfectionist and a waitress at Ye Olde Pancake. She refuses anything that is not perfect, she tries to makes her customers exultant and make things flawless. But in the story Jill was unsuccessful at keeping things faultless at the restaurant. When she requires help from ex-boyfriend, she managed to get everything back in order. In the story “Pancakes” the overall argument is nothing is perfect and no one is that perfect and needs assistance in their life. The literary devices revealing the theme are imagery, characterization, and simile. In the story “Pancakes” by Joan Bauer the theme is no one is perfect, therefore everybody needs help occasionally. Most things require a lending hand, and you can’t always complete the task by yourself like a group project. The literary device that help describe that no one is perfect is imagery. Imagery reveals that Jill had trouble keeping the restaurant organized which led to her acknowledging that she needs help eventually. Jill is a perfectionist who wants to make the public satisfied and love her. She got a job from O Ye pancakes because she was organized, but her ex-boyfriend broke up with her since she was a perfectionist. When she was working at the diner everything was organized, until a bus dropped of 66 people off at the restaurant. This crowd overwhelms Jill and causes every single thing to get out of hand. Page 86, line 36 Jill describes the chaos when she “... started towards the man, tripped over an environmentalist’s foot, which sent the syrup container flying, caught midair, but upside down… dumbly as syrup oozed onto the floor in a great, sticky glop. I lunged for the syrup container, slide on the spill, felt sugared muck coat my exposed flesh.” Imagery describes how Jill had spilled syrup and failed to keep the restaurant clean. Consequently, she causes disarray in the restaurant and realizes she can’t keep the tidy. On page 88 line 308 Jill states “... I simply can’t do everything…” Allen

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