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Berton Rouche, Phone Call

             Consider the character development throughout the extract.
             The story ‘phone call’ by Berton Roueche plays host to a range of stereotypical images and misunderstandings which lead to a dangerous situation. .
             The readers are introduced from the start to rather forceful and commanding language. Words such as ‘slammed down’ ‘had me beat’, ‘gave it the gas’ and the casual use of ‘bastard’ to personify the car, give the impression of a stereotypical American. By using the first person perspective Berton encourages the reader to experience the emotions being felt. Thus also gaining an interesting the reader. It is possible that by doing this Berton encourages the reader to support the subject by wondering what will proceed. .
             We are given no names throughout the story which symbolises the unimportance of names and allows the reader to focuses on the content. There is also little importance in the descriptive element, in fact a certain degree of casualness. ‘just a bunch of kids’, ‘I guess that was were…’. .
             The start of the story familiarizes the character to us which highlight’s the strangeness of the suspicion displayed by the woman. ‘‘how do you know my name?’’ and ‘what market?’. However from the start I was struck by the lack of politeness displayed by the man, ‘Mrs Timothy?’, ‘what?’ At the start this could answer the question of suspicion; however it does grow at an alarming rate. For example end of paragraph 3 ‘she looked at me for a minute’. It is this strangeness which catches the attention of the reader. ‘real strange’ and lays ground for developing themes.
             The woman’s character develops as a result of miss-interpretations. The stereotypical images created change accordingly. In an ironic way, it is her own self conscience perhaps which stereotypes her image as ‘bright blonde hair’, and thus the statement, ‘I’m here alone… I’m married’.