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Brandallin Blow Professor Golphin Freshman Comp II 19 January 2018 “Accident” by Dave Eggers “Accident” is a short story written by Dave Eggers describing the scene of a car accident between the narrator of the story and three teenagers. The story is told from the 2nd person point of view as the word “you” is often used to put the reader in the narrator’s shoes. By using the word “you” Egger connects to the reader to the story by giving the reader the opportunity to get a feel of how it is to get into a car accident and judge the situation from the perspective of the person who caused the accident. The narrator’s attitude towards the accident shift from the beginning of the story to the end. The narrator’s initial response was, “The accident was your fault, and you walk over to tell them this.” After admitting his faults, the story circles around the fear of approaching the teenagers and how they would react. In his mind, he thought the complete worse about the situation by saying, “They have every right to be upset, or livid, or even violence-contemplating”. His overthinking led him to believe that the teenagers were going to harm him in some way for causing the accident, therefore, before approaching the teenagers the narrator began to talk down on himself by saying “You are a bad person, you think.”, to justify the teenagers’ actions if they were to harm them. Throughout a majority of the story, the narrator’s thoughts and action can be viewed as relatable because he feels what most people would feel in a situation such as a car accident. Like any other person who gets into an accident he thinks the worse because that’s normal, car accidents bring out the worse in people. Unlike others, he admitted to the accident meaning he did it on purpose and was fully aware of what he was doing, “You pulled into an intersection, obstructing them, and their car hit yours.” After approaching the teenagers, the interaction did not go as expected. The driver, although he bought the car that same day, was very understanding and did not cause a scene. As the conversation continued the narrator and the three teenagers grew friendly and the narrator was ever so thankful that some good came out of the situation. Based on the short story, “Accident”, it is evident that the narrator lives alone, and doesn’t have any family or friends, “You all get out of your cars. You are alone in yours…”. The narrator is so lonely to the point he’ll go to the measure of causing a car accident just to have some form of human contact. But when he does have some form of human contact he’s thankful whether good or bad. Narrator overthinks everything and does not try to find the brighter side of the situation. He automatically assumes the worse because that’s what he’s used to things in his life not going well or as planned. The last few paragraphs show the character longing for human contact. The reader can assume that he feels close to these boys after just a small display of kindness because he’s lacking these things in his everyday life. Clearly, the narrator is grateful for the encounter with the teenagers because in a matter of a few minutes they showed him attention and understanding which he does not receive on a daily, “…you are so lonely, so lonely always, and all contact is contact, and all contact makes us so grateful we want to cry and dance and cry and cry.” The narrator was expected to get physically harmed or verbally harmed for his decision but in the end, the altercation took a turn for the better. The interaction opened his eyes and made him realized that good can come out of a bad situation. “In a moment of clarity, you finally understand why boxers, who want so badly to hurt each other, can rest their heads on the shoulders of their opponents.”