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He is choosing between a drug that would save his sight and another that would keep him alive. He chooses not to go blind.
He recalls an incident from his childhood when he was twelve and did not want to admit that he needed glasses. He was with his mother in New York to see Fiddler on the Roof and she lent him her own big harlequin glasses.
He was fascinated by the sharp contours and colours he could see and his mother protected him from people staring at his ugly glasses. His mother keeps on protecting him even now.
She assists him with the efficiency of a nurse and tender love of a mother. She is deliberately cheerful and takes him out every day. Again she protects him from the people staring at his thinness and his cane.
Sylvia is warmly welcomed by the two male shop assistants in the gift shop, but her sick son is received very coldly. She chooses a large crystal bowl, very expensive. She admires it, though Theo does not like the thing, and suddenly she picks up the bowl and tosses it at Theo.
The men grasp and Theo manages to catch it, bowing under its weight. Sylvia purchases the bowl. Theo wonders how much harm his illness is doing to his mother, though she would of course never admit any.
He wonders what she was testing by tossing the fragile bowl at him. Was it his newly regained sight? Was it just to make sure that he is still alive? He caught the bowl sooner than he could realize what was happening.Works Cited. Leavitt, David.
‘Gravity’. The Oxford Book of American Short leslutinsduphoenix.com Joyce Carol Oates. Oxford: Oxford University Press, Analysis of “Gravity” by David Leavitt The following pages will consist of a literary analysis of the short story presented by the author David Leavitt, which is taken .
Literary Analysis of “Gravity” by David Leavitt The following pages will consist of a literary analysis of the short story presented by the author David Leavitt, which . David Leavitt’s most recent books are the novels The Indian Clerk and The Two Hotel Francforts. He is also the author of The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer.
AT UF he co-directs [email protected], the English department’s program in Creative Writing, and is the editor of the literary journal Subtropics. David Leavitt introduced homosexual themes into his portrayal of middle-class life in Family Dancing (). At the turn of the 21st century, younger Jewish writers from the former Soviet Union such as Gary Shteyngart and Lara Vapnyar dealt impressively with the experience of immigrants in.
The Stories of David Leavitt by David Leavitt pp, Bloomsbury, £ David Leavitt emerged at a very young age in the s as an American short-story writer who was thought of as "post-gay".