The uniqueness of life portrayed in a small southern community is most attractive part of the story. At the same time the black lady is identical and universal, any one can relate themselves with her.
“Car Crash While Hitchhiking” by Denis Johnson is equally interesting. The story at once leaves a long lasting impression on the mind of its readers. At the same time it compels us to think about certain intricacies of life. It has much to say about life and death and life after death. It raises many questions in the spiritual realm and provides us the thought and judgment about sin, guilt and redemption. The story has the power to transform commonplace to an extraordinary paradigm.
The first person narrative is the complementary part of both the stories. The use of first person narrative in both the stories is so intricately woven with the plot of the stories that representation of these stories with some other narrative pattern would make no sense at all. The black lady in the ‘I Live at the P.O.’ is important because the single person is representative of a culture and a particular background. The family structure and relations within a particular section of society was expressed through a single character like the black lady. On the other hand, the unnamed survivor from the car crashing and the sole narrator of the story complements it. The kind of explanation, he provides about his life and experience is only possible through a character like him. The character therefore completes the story and is quite