Jacklighting

 
 
 
 
The plot development of Beattie's short story Jacklighting is convoluted and partially hidden, much like the nameless narrator's unconventional telling of the tell. Nicholas, lying brain dead due to being hit by a drunk driver, is the focus of much of the narrator's narrative. Nicholas was someone who mentored the narrator when younger. He taught her a game, but we are not informed of it until the story ends: "He had us close our eyes after we'd stared at something and made us envision it again" (Beattie 1983, 23). Wynn and Spence possess the ability to succeed at this game, able to make the objects stand out more vividly than they do in life. For the narrator, however, things continue to be lost in dar

     
 
 
 
    

 


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