Analysis Of Many Died In Their Attic By Chris Rose

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Many Died in Their Attics Chris Rose was a reporter for the Times-Picayune, and 1 Dead in Attic is a compilation of his articles published between August 29, 2005, and New Years Day, 2006 (1). The back panel of 1 Dead in Attic: Post-Katrina Stories does not summarize his self-publication. Rather, it dedicates the book to a man named Thomas Coleman who met his demise in his attic with a can of juice and the comforts of a bedspread at his side. This dedication closes with “There were more than a thousand like him.” That is the life force of Rose’s book. It is not a narrative, it does not feature a clear conclusion, and there is not a distinct beginning, middle, or end. Rather, it exists as a chronology of Rose’s struggle to reestablish normalcy following a time of turmoil. Rose himself states in his introduction “After the storm, I just started writing, not attempting to carve out any niche but just to tell the story, however, it revealed itself to me” (1). Writing became his therapy, …show more content…

He does not provide statistics or matter-of-fact statements to present the outcomes of Katrina. Instead, Rose writes about what he himself experiences as a result of the storm. This author is not weaving together a tale of imaginary faces in an attempt to gain sympathy. He writes as himself experiencing instances of tragedy, camaraderie, and despondency. There is no logical format for what subject matter he may explore. In this anthology of articles he utilizes dark humor, such as when he writes of the stench and subsequent war of refrigerators; optimism, such as when he describes the characters that remain and the absoluteness of Mardi Gras; nostalgia, such as when he reflects upon memories with his children and his first visit to New Orleans; and dejection, such as instances when he himself begins to lose hope and realize the poor outlook for his

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how rose's book, 1 dead in attic: post-katrina stories, is a chronology of his struggle to reestablish normalcy.
  • Analyzes how the times-picayune's coverage of hurricane katrina induced a diaspora of new orleans natives across the country seeking updates regarding their beloved city.
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