After You, My Dear Alphonse | By Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson story “After You, My Dear Alphonse” is about a boy named Johnny, who brings his friend Boyd for lunch. Boyd is an African-American boy, and the story shows how the “black” people are treated today. Johnny’s mother believes that Boyd is poor and offered him plenty of food and clothes. This text shows how white people still fall into the trap of prejudice.

The story is written in 3rd person narration. The narrator combines all three characters actions and attitudes, but not what they think! The narrator only assumes their reactions: “Mrs. Wilson felt defeated”, “Boyd was surprised”.

The setting could be in the 18th or 19th, because it says in the text, that the fathers are working, and the moms are taking care of the kids.

Johnny is a happy person, who always would play and have fun. “We do not have the time to carry that old stuff around, Mother”, “We got to play tanks with the kids today,” says Johnny.

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