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The Running Man Essay

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Essay- in class the running man - Things are not always what they seem

Throughout the novel of ‘The running man’ the theme ‘things are not always what they seem’ is a consistent idea in the text. Michael Gerard Bauer’s narrative is a story of the value of perception as characters are constantly being mis-judged. Like Mrs. Mossop, josephs ‘nosey’ neighbour, the ‘dangerous, sick man’ known as Tom Layton and The Running Man who is described as the ‘stuff from nightmares’.
Josephs neighbour, Mrs. Mossop, is the towns source of gossip and ‘there was very little that she didn’t know about [the] neighbourhood’. In the text Mrs. Mossop is perceived by majority of Ashgrove Avenue’s residence,
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Simon Jamison, or as Joseph calls him, The running man, is one of the strangest within josephs community. The running man would sprint as if ‘he was being chased by a demon that only he could see’ and it was not a graceful jog, it was more of a ‘lopsided canter.’ He would turn up to funerals ‘uninvited and unwashed’ and his eyes would ‘[dart] erratically without appearing to be looking at anything in particular.’ The entire neighbourhood saw
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