We all know that it causes grief when you lose someone close to you. It is something you have to learn to live with, on all factors.
It causes a “hole” and life is hard to get through when you lose someone. This short story explains in more detail how to overcome this battle after losing their wife and mother in a car accident a few years ago.
The story clearly sheds light on the problems that grief causes and how father and son stick together and create a special bond to recover from the accident.
The relationship between Nick and Gus lacks communication. They do not like to talk about the accident when they are together. They have difficulty talking about grief and emotions which limits their close ties.
The language of "Let's Go to the Videotape" is descriptive throughout the text. The author uses a vivid and descriptive language, which is compared to human senses.
"The studio was warm. Sweat dribbled down the host's neck, which someone kept blotting with a paper towel" (ll. 27-28).
The author also makes use of simile. among other things simile "his helmet, which was too big, came down over his eyes like the curtain at show's end" (ll.17-189) where Nick who films Gus becomes a comic play instead of his inability to ride a bike.
The author also has some personifications in the text "The soil of their misfortune" which illustrate the challenges Gus has in growing up as a traumatized boy after his mother's death.
the writing style in lines 102-113 presents Gus' video to the school and his father's reaction to the video.
There is a shift in the narrative perspective between father and son. Among other things, when Gus speaks, it is visible that the language is different, because he is a little boy.
"Okay, lemme get my stuff" (l 102) Whereas Nick's language choice is different and more formal. But the style of writing itself and the dialogue between father and son are informal and "everyday language" (contractions "lemme" (l. 102)
The text wants to send different messages. Among other things, the text presents the guilt one assumes when some survive an accident and others do not.
Then one automatically assumes a sense of guilt just as Gus blames himself for his mother's death. Another message the text comes around is loss and about living on.