How Lucky You Are Analysis

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Analysis and Interpret of
“How lucky you are”

We all do it. We look at the glass as half empty, we complain about school, and we hate our parents for telling us to be home at a certain time. Until something - an insightful person, a news item or the voice of reason inside our own heads - puts things into perspective. We realize the glass could in fact be viewed as half full, being able to attend school is a privilege, and we should be happy to have parents, who worry about us. We realize just how lucky we are.
As its title reveals, Depi Alper’s short story “How lucky you are,” deals with this theme of appreciation. The story is a typical “boy meets girl”-story with a twist. The twist being that the meeting with the teenage girl, Ishraqi, becomes an eye-opening experience to the teenage boy, Max.

The story has an atypical structure, in which the opening is written in the present tense as flow of Max’ thoughts. In these thoughts we are being sent back to the flashback of his father leaving him and his mother, in addition to being presented to Max’ world. The narrator of the story is a limited omniscient 3rd person narrator from the protagonist, Max’, point of view, which lets us follow his thoughts and feelings, whilst making the story subjective with only his version and view of things. This also becomes clear in the usage of the story, which involves a lot of slang.
In the end of this opening flow of thoughts, Max closes his eyes and drifts back into the daydreaming, it all began with: the daydreaming of Ishraqi.
This daydreaming leads to a full flashback of the day, Max met Ishraqi, which the story continues and ends with.

The story takes place in London, where our protagonist lives with his mom, with whom he does not always get along. Max is attending a school in London and is gifted with creativity, which has resulted in him having a place at…...

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