The short story, ‘A Gift’ tells the tale of a loud and dominant woman who falls in love with another quiet but powerful woman, and the anger and hurt she feels when the woman does not return her feelings. The text tells us the story of how they met, how their relationship grew, and then at the end, how the woman tells the narrator that the feelings are not mutral.
The narrator starts the text in an angry tone, which makes us wonder what the other person has done to upset her. Words such as ”You ultimate egotist” enhance this angry and hurt mood. The mood then suddenly changes at ”from the moment that you first entered that crowded room”, which is around the same place the tense changes. The texts starts off in the past tense, telling us what the woman, who we do not know is actually female yet, said: ”I am gifting you an experience”. Perhaps the narrator changes the tense to remember the good times, and how things used to be before. Maybe she wanted to remember how the woman she was in love with was before she broke her heart?
The structure of the sentences also change during the text. At first the sentences are short and choppy, which perhaps emphasise the anger and irritation the narrator feels. The sentences then change to longer and more descriptive. This could be because the narrator is forgetting the anger she feels as she remembers the good times her and her ‘crush’ had spent together. The diction of the text also adds the the mood and pace of the story. Words like ”And who are you to make that gift” add the the angry mood ant the beginning, and sentences like ”the party, to which we owed varying degrees of loyalty” help change the mood in the third paragraph.
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The body of the text tells us how the two met, and how their friendship grew. When the narrator talks about how they met and how they were often at the same place at the same time and doing things together seems like an attempt to prove how alike they are. Sentences such as ”holding their pole of the same banner and the same demo” is perhaps the narrator’s way of proving how much the two had in common, and in her mind, a reason why they should be together. The texts also shows us how well the two got on, that they not only spent time together at work, but also spent free time together. Going for drinks after work and having dinner together seems like things people in a new relationship would do, and we get the feeling that the narrator’s feeling are more than colleuge friendly. The narrator then admits to being in love with her friend later on in the story.
There are only two characters in the story, the narrator and the woman she falls in love with. However, we do not know that both characters are female until near the end when the one woman says ”I am a one-woman woman”. The writer does not mention any names of the characters throughout the text, and perhaps it is to keep us in suspense until the end when it is reveled that the two characters are infact both woman, and shock the readers a little more?
When the narrator decides to admit her love for her friend, she is nervous, even though she is sure she already knows. This seems unusual of her character, as she seems to be the more dominant of the two. As she places the word ‘cue’ on the board, it is obviously a hint, which the other woman understands immediately. She then admits that she does not return the narrator’s feelings. ”This was the first time I had been first to make a declaration of love” and ”I had never been attracted to a woman and never would be again” helps us understand the hurt, which could come across as anger, the woman feels. She was obviously scared to admit her feelings, since this was all new to her. She was used to being a professional who was always in control, until this woman came along and changed that. When she finally was brave enough to admit her feelings, she got rejected and then got mad. Phrases like ”who are you to make this gift?” show the understandable hurt she feels.
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In this story, perhaps the Scrabble board is a metaphor for the woman’s life. We are not always exactly sure of what words to use, and whether the words we have in mind will fit into the situation. We do not know what words the other person will put down onto the board, just like we do not know what other people might say in a conversation, and if we will have the right words to answer with. We can use words to give hints or ‘cues’, as the narrator did, but it is not certain the other person will understand them, or in this case, feel the same way. The narrator used the Scrabble game to tell her friend how she felt, but it did not go the way she wanted, just like life may not go the way we want it to.
Perhaps the story shows us that we may not always be in control of how we feel, but we should always be honest with ourself. Even if we do get rejected, like the narrator did, we should learn from the experience and ”make good use of it”. We may not like it, and get angry like the narrator did, but it will still be an experience to learn from. This idea could be supported by the fact that the narrator repeats the part where the woman tells her it is a gift and an experience she could learn from, at the beginning of the story, and at the end.
In conclusion, ‘A Gift’ is about a woman that is used to being in control of her feelings, who falls in love with another woman that does not feel the same way. She went out on a limb and told her friend how she felt, only to be rejected. At the beginning of the text we read about her anger towards the woman, and then later on about how their friendship grew. Through the writer’s use of sentence structure and diction, we understand how the reader feels and perhaps can even relate to her. This short story reminds us that life experiences we may not like could be a learning experience in disguise.
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