The Love of My Life by T. Coraghessan Boyle

4 April 2015
A first person narrative of infanticide.

This paper looks at the style of writing and the tale of infanticide in this work of Boyle’s. The paper discusses the innocuous sounding title followed by an extremely gruesome tale regaled in the first person. It analyzes the boy’s actions and his self-belief that he is committing this act out of love rather than fear or resentment.

From the paper:

“The story of “The Love of My Life” by T. Coraghessan Boyle, the author sets up a series of expectations by the reader that he subsequently and systematically subverts over the course of the narrative. Both the subject and plot of what transpires in flashback and the piecemeal, postmodern first-person narrative style enable the author to achieve this desired effect. This effect is also achieved as well by the grotesque and destabilizing language unconsciously used by the narrative ‘I.’ (117-133)

“When a reader learns that the title of a short story is “The Love of My Life,” certain associations are immediately created in his or her mind.

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Such a title is not ambiguous, like a story with a one-word name.”

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