In this part of the story we see more sides to Anders character. Shoving my scruples aside for a moment. In the last part we once again return to the present moment. The paragraph that describes the path of the bullet is again poorly done. The story is about a book critic named Anders, while waiting in a long line at the bank he is the victim of an armed robbery and gets shot and killed.
This is a short autobiography of the troubled adolescent years. There is not a lot of 'why' in this story, just the imaginative presentation of something no writer can actually claim to have experienced and so write about with authenticity - sudden death. The ending is just an ending - the path to the ending is what matters. Obviously Anders is not the most likable person ever, and even though it is hard for ordinary people to get along with him, it is even harder for bank robbers to do so, which becomes crystal clear when two of these lowlifes suddenly make an appearance in the bank. And the robbers' usage of Italian words is probably a mask to cover their emotions that they are as frightened as the people around them. Sometimes the camera will be far behind, and appear to remain objective.
In the length of one commute ride to work, Wolff gives us this seemingly bland, awful character whose later death is essential to understanding the deeper complexities of his early life. Suddenly there is a shift in action. The attitudes he shows also serve as foreshadowing of the destruction that he is. He turned to the woman in front of him. All Anders recalled in that time was the way he felt one moment, 40 years ago. He gets shot in the brain.
Having read the title and learnt that Pete is the rich brother, I read the story with this initial thought in my mind that it has to do or be something about Pete. The stern, brass-knuckled poetry of the dangerous classes. They pressed a pistol to the neck of the bank guard and threatened to shoot them all if an alarm went off. He made Anders look up at the ceiling, where Anders noticed just how bad the ceiling mural was. In this part of the story we see more sides to Anders character. Two man wearing black ski masks and blue business suits were standing to the side of the door. The man is not a pleasant man.
When Anders gets shot in the head, the first thing the narrator tells the reader is the things, which did not pass before his eyes. Wolff does a lot in a few amount of words. Bullet in the Brain uses its most surprising moment not as a punch line but instead as a device to delve further into the personality of its principle character, Anders. This is the best short story ever written. It's also significant to note that Anders is a book critic, literally someone who gets paid to be opinionated, his thoughts and criticisms have a price value. Again Anders's behaviour is decidedly blameable since he risks the others life only for his own gratification not in order to save their life.
There are numerous kinds of paintings and each of them is liked by someone as people's taste is quite different. He is known for his memoirs. Because all of the other characters have yet gone unnamed, the action now becomes very difficult to follow. The bull wore a smirk and his eyebrows were arched. Conclusion What significance do you think Anders's memory had in the theme of the short story? The first part ends when the robbers appear at the door of the bank, the second ends when one of the robbers shoots at Anders and the left is the third part. Bullet in the Brain by Tobias Wolff is an archetypical example of the advice given to beginner fiction writers that surprise endings are not necessarily effective on their own.
Instead of remembering all of the good parts of his life, such as his family and his first love, he recalls the one thing in life that shaped him into the person that he is today. In reflection to our own lives, everything significant we do is for the human experience of now. Truly, I am stripped bare by your witty retort. The stern, brass-knuckled poetry of the dangerous classes. She also points out that this story brings up the issue of loss of innocence and childhood. The author totally ignores Anders's emotions in the story by giving such a title to his work. Ultimately I did not feel anything from reading this piece, and in my eyes that makes the piece a failure.
He is standing in line at a bank and gets stuck behind two women whose loud stupid conversations put him in an angry mood. Woods Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, where he has taught classes in English and creative writing since 1997. Tobias Wolff Born on June 19, 1945 He lived in Concrete, Washington where he attended a private boarding school but was later expelled. Wolff's point was not to make a character well liked, but to make a character well understood. It gives the reader a story that is well beyond its word count.