Death by Scrabble

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Essay about Death by Scrabble
An essay about the short story by Charlie Fish
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The story is made by Charlie Fish in 2006 and is called “Death by Scrabble”, it’s about a husband and wife who play Scrabble. The husband feels that all they ever do is play Scrabble. The husband tells the story, in a way so you can read what he is thinking in the text. The husband is 42 years old, and has a lot of problems with his wife. He feels bored all around the clock. He doesn’t’ really speak to other people than his wife, and that irritates him.

Already in the start of the story, you can read that the husband hates his wife because he say, “It’s a hot day and I hat my wife”. I think he feels like that because all the ever do I sit around home, play Scrabble and drink tea. He feels bored and wants to do something else, just anything than sitting and playing Scrabble. He wants to come out and meet new people, and going on adventures, for example he says in the story “If she wasn’t around, I’d be doing something interesting right now. I’d be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. I’d be starring in the latest Hollywood blockbusters.” That really shows how he is felling about playing, with his boring wife.

Not only does he hate his wife, but also he wants to kill her, because everything she does is annoying him. He says in the text after they have played Scrabble, for a little while “If only I had D, then I could play MURDER. That would be a sign” and “If they spell out KILL, or stab, or her name, or anything, I’ll do it right now. I’ll finish her off.” The anger inside him is so large, that he wants to kill his own wife over a game of Scrabble. At the same time he wants to win the game. He keeps keeping track of the score in the text, for example he says, “She plays IGNORE on the triple-word for 21 points. The score…...

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