Literary Analysis Of One Foot In Eden, By Ron Rash

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One Tale Told by Many One Foot in Eden, written by Ron Rash, is essentially a combination of first person narratives. A book written from the first person perspective is able to incorporate emotion into the text a way that the third person perspective simply cannot. A first person narrative, however, is biased and limited to that person’s personal experience. Rash is inventive when he writes a book containing five person perspectives. In doing this the reader feels all the emotion associated with a first person perspective, receives multiple life experience stories, as well as the truth of events in relation to One Foot in Eden. Anybody can write a book, but only a select few can write an amazing literary work. One of the greatest aspects…show more content…
A novel written in aspect to one personal narrative is a bias work of literature. Ron Rash wrote his novel so that it contained five of these personal narratives. Each character relays their life to the reader in a completely bias fashion. Amy is bias towards her own actions; she did the right thing in her eyes. The same is true of the four other narratives. In reading these five bias personal narratives, the reader discovers the whole truth, what happened to Holland and why. The son is completely unaware of why his parents killed Holland. However, Billy and Amy explain their malicious actions earlier in the novel. The sheriff is unaware of the burial place of Holland’s body, but the reader receives a detail account of those events from Billy. Billy Holcomb describes Holland’s concealed remains in depth and the manner in which he mangled them. Amy, Isaac, and the deputy are also unaware of the exact details of how Billy hid the body. Without Billy’s recollection the reader would be unaware what happened to Holland’s body as well. Billy’s personal narrative reveals the truth. There are many other examples such as these throughout Rash’s work. Some examples are Amy’s affair, the sheriff’s wife’s miscarriage, Isaac visits Mrs. Winchester, and the deputy dumping the witch in the lake to name a few. The reader would be unaware of these truths without the collection of all five personal narratives in One Foot in

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