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This creative comparison between physical and emotional love through the use of a ridiculously outlandish yet honest and believable metaphor of professional wrestling relationships dealt with the sadness of love in a fun way. We are purposely thrown into the seemingly fantastical world of the narrator from the very beginning. The author’s decision to write of these professional wrestlers in explicit and passionate detail is a device used to suck us into the magic of the story. We become the narrator through these details and are better able to understand what he is thinking, feeling, and exactly how and why he has used wrestling as a way to escape from his own pathetic, depressing relationship. We are overwhelmed with details, as the narrator is overwhelmed with loss.

The author capitalizes on drama in the first few paragraphs, making us wonder why wrestling is simply “Gone.”  The contradiction of the ridiculous wrestling names, outfits, etc, with the stark, honest quality of the narrator’s voice is a powerful tool ripping the reader’s emotions in both directions. Not only do we feel pain that he and all of Charlotte are “somehow at fault” for the terrible new basketball team, but we also can’t help but laugh at the concept of Lord Poetry, a wrestler in paisley stockings beating people up and reading Shakespeare. We experience such a range of feelings with this narrator that we have no choice but to commiserate with him.

She is beautiful and we wrestle about love.

Another affective way that the author draws us into this narrator is by making him someone we can trust. He blatantly tells us facts, in a tone that develops the emotions of the character as a separate entity from the narrator. His descriptions of Starla are so simple that they almost seem childish. “Late in the night after it is over, after we have grappled until the last drop of love is gone from our bodies, I say ‘Starla, I can tell that you love me..” Moments later he says “Like a lot of people in Charlotte, Starla has given up on love.” For me, this foreshadows the entire story. He has forgiven Starla for giving up on love because he understands (or believes) that it is only because of Charlotte that she has given up. This moment in the story allows us to continue developing an understanding of the meaning that is not as straightforward as the narrator’s own storytelling.

 It does not make me happy, but it is what we do. It is the fight we fight.

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