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Land Of The Lost Essay

892 words - 4 pages

Land of the lost
The short story “Land of the lost” by Stewart O’nan from 2009, is about a woman who becomes obsessed with a murder case she hears about in the news. She starts following the case about the murdered girl, whose body the murderer, James Wade, claims to have buried west of Kingsville. Soon she’s changing her work schedule so she can search for the girls’ body. She’s very naive, and even calls the FBI when she’s convinced she’s found the girl. She didn’t, and even though her sons ask her to stop, she keeps on searching long after that. Her only agenda is that she wants to help the family find the girl – or is it?

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Being lost because she has no meaning or direction in her life. So when she is searching for the body, she is a lost woman searching the land. Meaning, that she is searching for purpose in her life. She doesn’t want to be lost, and desperately tries to find a meaning, a goal to reach. But you can also connect the title to the girl who’s been buried. She is lost and hasn’t been found. If you connect these two women, you can say, that they’re each in a different way lost in the land.

The point of view is a third person narrator, but the author has made it look like the narrator is the woman herself. We know her thoughts: “Thank God, she thought. What would Brian say now” I think that the reason Stewart O’nan made the point of view like this is, that he wants the reader to be able to set him-/herself in the woman’s place. And with that make us think, that it might as well could be us, if we were living a purposeless life.

In the end, the woman finds a body. And along with her finding this body, we can see how much her goal and moral has changed. What started out being a harmless search ends out being a strange obsession. In the beginning all she wants to do is to help out. But as she gets further along with the investigation, her goal change. In...

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