Jennifer Mason-Black's She Walked Out The Door

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Jennifer Mason-Black uses a second person point of view in her story “She Walked Out The Door,” to portray an innocent interpretation of a tragic event to show the naiveté of young adults in an unpredictable society. Mason-Black’s use of the second person point of view with the younger sister of the missing girl narrating her experience gives the story an innocent ambience. She continues to address someone by using “you,” to describe the events of the story to create this naïve and uncorrupted perspective of the event. “You wake up one…You hit the snooze button too many times, and you have only minutes to pack your lunch…You don’t say goodbye,” (Mason-Black 1). The author includes this uncommon point of view to personalize the story and tell it through the mouth of the obviously young and inexperienced sister of the missing girl.…show more content…
The narrator, who does change and age with the time, doesn’t seem to shift her mindset of the events. “After two years you turn sixteen. Your memory of your sister has become patchy far more quickly than you would ever have guessed…She is still sixteen, eternally leaving the house with an apple in her backpack, calling over her shoulder, ‘See ya, Sparkie,’” (Mason-Black 3). The narrator thinks that the day her sister left has been replaying everyday for two years, a childish idea that proves that she still doesn’t believe that anything has happened to her missing sister. The narrator lacks the knowledge of the unpredictably and possible dangers of the world, similar to what happened to her sister, resulting in her kidnapping and probable death. It’s almost as though the narrator’s view of the world hasn’t changed since her sister was missing, continuing to be absent minded about the dangers that she can encounter with her youthful perception of the

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