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Land Of The Lost Essay

1241 words - 5 pages

Land of the Lost by Stewart O'Nan is a story about a woman who, left alone with her dog, decides to search for the body of a murdered girl she read about in the newspaper. Her grown children think she's losing her marbles, but everyday she sets out to find the missing girl.

What is the meaning of life? This is an existential question that has been asked again and again throughout time and will probably never get one true answer. The only answer that can be given might be that you have to come up with your own answer. In the short story “Land of the Lost” the main character tries to find her own meaning of life by taking up a new occupation, but people just look down on what she ...view middle of the document...

Hovedpersonen bor uden noget andet selskab end sin hund og virker heller ikke synderligt begejstret for sit job. Hun føler sig alene og overflødig. Dette betyder, at hun på mange måder er socialt tabt og ensom uden nogen hobbyer eller noget at give sig til. Dette kan være en af grunden til, at hun bliver så optaget af projektet med at finde den døde pige.

De ting, hovedpersonen gør, skildres som om, det var normalt, fordi det ses fra hendes synspunkt. Men læseren kan alligevel godt tage kritisk stilling til det. Hovedpersonen leder efter et lig, hvilket ikke er normalt. Her kan læseren stille sig kritisk over for det, selvom det fra den valgte synsvinkel, der er hovedpersonen, skildres som det mest normale i verden.

Eftersøgningen af pigen går så vidt, så hovedpersonen omlægger sin ældste søns gamle værelse til en kommandocentral. Dette kan tolkes på den måde, at hendes fanatiske optagethed af at finde den døde pige, får større plads end hendes egen familie, selvom de i modsætning til pigen, stadig er i live.
Hovedpersonen begynder endda at ofre sit fysiske helbred på eftersøgnings arbejdet og fortsætter, selvom hun lider fysisk.
Det giver hovedpersonen en højnende selvfølelse, da hun tager ud for at lede efter den myrdede pige. Hun føler det som om, at hun opnår noget ved det også selvom, hun ikke finder hende.

Eftersøgningen af liget bliver det altafgørende i hovedpersonens liv. Hun lader sig fuldstændig opsluge af arbejdet med det, fordi hun ikke har andet at give sig til i sit liv. Hendes store dedikation viser, at hun ikke har andet, der giver mening i hendes tilværelse. Hun finder i eftersøgnings arbejdet sin egen mening med det hele. Ved at blive ved med at lede skaber hun sin egen mening med livet som intet af det, der er i hendes hverdag, kan give hende.
Da hun til sidst finder en nedgravet sovepose, åbner hun den ikke engang for at se, om hun virkelig har fundet pigen. Det centrale er ikke pigen, men folks syn på hende. Hun tænker, at folk nu ikke længere vil synes, at hun er skør, og det er det vigtigste.

Man kan tolke hovedpersonens fanatiske optagethed af mordsagen som en næsten religiøs besættelse. Der står, at hun behandler hjemmesiderne, hvor hun finder inspiration til sin eftersøgning, som Bibelen. På den måde er sagen for hende blevet som en slags religion, hun lader sig opsluge af og hjemmesiderne som hellige tekster, der kan guide hende på den mission, hun har opstillet for sig selv.
I Bibelen står, at man skal behandle andre, som man selv vil behandles. Denne bibelske...

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