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I Have Become This

A man is driving, following a distant dot that stays on the far horizon. The road ends at a shopping mall, and upon entering he meets his father, whose morning ritual was walking the mall. As they begin, he feels a freedom to talk to his father in a way he never could, perhaps due to the fact his parents are dead and this is a dream. Coming upon a storefront, they see a family inside having dinner. It is themselves, circa 1968, and as he and his brother are engrossed in their frozen dinners and watching tv, his father casually asks his mother for a divorce. The man then knows the reason for the dream: it is an opportunity to find answers to questions about his father which have affected his whole life. These are illuminated with scenes played out in other storefronts, each corresponding to important events in his life. Encounters with people working and walking in the mall reveal both of their behaviors and failings. The man is in turn angry, disillusioned, resentful, but in the end finds empathy and understanding. He realizes that as much as he has wished to distance himself from his father, they are much the same, and the past they lived through was integral in making him the man he has become.

  • ISBN: 9780463442265
  • Author: Steven D. Bennett
  • Published: 2018-05-03 02:20:06
  • Words: 20373
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