The exceptionally crucial passage in Saved may be the final paragraph, however, it is not the last chronologically. Bergen employs a backwards structure to organize his short story. The out of order organization mirrors the boy’s life. The boy’s life is disorderly and unchronological much like the structure of Saved. Without a consistent authority figure the boy must act like an adult to support himself. To behave like an adult while only fifteen demonstrates a jump in the future, which resembles the order of Bergen’s short story. When the boy sells himself to the German women, he describes their sexual acts to “sound and smell of love” (Bergen 55). The boy, who has never had a source of unconditional love is naïve to what love actually is. The women treat him terribly yet, he still feels this surge of affection for them. The boy is so desperate to feel loved that he essentially self destructs. He places himself in dangerous situations such as selling himself sexually to foreigners. The occurrence with the German women set precedence to how the boy acts in the final paragraph. The boy will do just about anything to feel loved, which is why he prays with the Christian girl. The girl “held his hand between her ...
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...s sympathy from readers. The boy’s murderous act seems less rooted to evil and further connected to misinterpretation.
In the short story Saved, written by David Bergen, a young boy tragically searches for a saviour. The boy needs to be saved from his disastrous life and destructive behaviour. The boy lacks a source of unconditional love that most fifteen year olds receive. Through the final paragraph (55), Bergen demonstrates the effects an absence of love can have on an adolescent boy, and how the boy’s pursuit to be saved and loved becomes detrimental. Miscommunication and exploitation lead the desperate boy to murder a teenage girl. An absence of love and poor living conditions can guide an adolescent to the unspeakable. Through the catastrophic consequences of the boy’s search for love, readers are reminded of the importance love has on childhood development.
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