Laurie Colwin?s story ?Mr. Parker? is a wonderful and down to earth short story. The use of characters, the structure of the plot, and the style of the story makes it believable and interesting. ?Mr. Parker? shows the physical and emotional effect of becoming an adult. In addition, it gives the idea that people should not be in a hurry to grow up because they will miss out on their childhood.
Colwin makes a great decision by using third person limited in her story. This let the reader understand the main character Jane. Also, it helps show how Jane gradually sees herself growing up. In the beginning of the story she still sees herself as a child. ?We were adolescent enemies of a loving sort, and since we didn?t know what else to do, we expressed our love in slaps and pinches.? says Jane on page 68. However, as the story continues, she sees herself evolve. ? I won?t go to Mrs. Murchison. I have outgrown her!? is how Jane reacts when her mother tries to send her back to her old piano teacher on page 70. The plot is extremely believable and related to real
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