Smiling’s a Good Thing

I have an announcement. For the first time in this class, we are reading a book. Mind you it is still a book about a game, but I have enjoyed the first half of Wolf in White Van so far. It is a bit difficult to follow the plot as is it presented out of order and takes place at different times in the narrator Sean’s life. From what I can gather so far, Sean shot himself in the face when he was younger which led to the disfigurement of his face. To cope, Sean created a role-playing game which recently led a teenage girl to kill herself and left another young man in a severe condition.

Sean’s face causes many problems for him. He is constantly being looked at by strangers and people are afraid when he speaks or even smiles. He knows to keep is mouth shut, which is why I was surprised when he, “smiled [his] horrible smile” while talking to two men he met (Darnielle 75). For me this signifies something big. Sean is comfortable enough and willing to smile with these men who he just met. Kevin and Steve are probably the first people who have been honest with Sean about his face and situation, which I think is something Sean appreciated and why he was able to smile. People usually stop at Sean’s face, but they decided to look past it and get to know him as a person. This encounter is important because ir brings some light into the dark life Sean seems to have.

Works Cited: Darnielle, John. Wolf in White Van. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014. Print.

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