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Sorry for the loss – essay

Sorry for the loss is a short story, written by Bridget Keehan in 2008. It is a story filled with contrasts, and tells the story of an innocent person’s courage, as she wanders through the harsh prison, to deliver some sad news to a killer-inmate.
The story is playing out in what seems like a classic county prison. Evie, the catholic chaplain, is assigned to tell the inmate, Victor Zamora, that his Nan dead. As she enters his cell, she immediately notices, that Victor is not a regular long-term prisoner. Even though he has been imprisoned for five years, for killing a fellow student with a butterfly knife, he does not have any long-term staleness, as you would expect people like him to have. His skin is still olive and his eyes are blue, and they still have spark. And when she brings him the news, he does not react, as you would expect. He does not start to cry or become upset, which would be the typical reaction. And at the same time, she wonders, how something with as peaceful a name as a butterfly knife can be used to perform such a horrible act.
The plot of this story proceeds chronologically, and we are thrown directly into the story without any form of introduction. There are no flashbacks, no flashforwards or foreboding. It is all happening as it would in real time, without any jumps in time.
It is a third person, limited omniscient narrator, which is following Evie’s point of view. It is a third person narrator, because terms such as “I say” or “I feel” are not used in the story. We can tell, that the narrative function is following Evie, because it describes how she is feeling and thinking: “As soon as she says these words she feels she has failed because it isn’t the right thing to say to him at this moment” (line 110). And that also makes it a limited omniscient narrator, because we only know Evie’s thoughts, and not…...

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