It is natural to become fairly connected to an individual when spending a lot of time together. At least for most people. In this case, two men have spent five and a half years together sharing the same prison cell and developed a not exactly definitive relationship to one another.

However, feelings have definitely begun to bubble through time within our narrator and he is suddenly seeing his mate in a different perspective.

In the short story "Self Defense" our writer, Samuel Wilkes, gives us an inside of the situation between two men on their journey when escaping prison and furthermore the mindset of our first-person narrator, Norman, who seems to be a bit in denial with himself and his sexuality.

This story begins in medias res in a Camaro making its way through the roads of south Alabama. Inside the car, we are introduced to two men - Daniel and Norman. Norman is our source to a detailed description of every move he makes, and every emotion he feels.

It brings us a very subjective based attitude towards the existence. This is due to the fact that our writer has chosen the first person narrative technique which indicates the reader to obtain a vision of the main characters feelings and deeper thoughts which is useful when having to interpret his interactions and personality.

Through this, we can get a better vision on other characters characteristics.

Daniel, for instance. Daniel is definitely an admired guy within our narrator. We get a foreshadowing of a slightly unpredictable man since Norman describes on page 1, line 7-8 how he never really knows how Daniel may react to certain things.

Furthermore, he seems to be a wild person with a lust for experiencing the advantages he was missing out of in years behind bars. “What’s the first thing you want? Beer or sex?” (P. 1, l. 14).

We also immediately sense how Daniel is very arrogant and dominant in his behavior, especially towards Norman. Daniel is always the one suggesting the places they visit without considering asking for Norman’s opinion. Though Norman seems completely aware of the fact that he gets manipulated and even says himself: "I'd always been his bitch." (P. 5, l. 122-123).