Clerk Wanted

Denne study guiden hjelper deg med å analysere teksten “Clerk Wanted” av Dennis Thorp. Teksten finner du på side 21 i læreboken Targets.

“Clerk Wanted” er skrevet av den britiske forfatteren Dennis Thorp. Den ble utgitt i 1981 i novellesamling Nothing to Fear and Other Stories fra Longman. 

Utdrag

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Social roles and expectations

The short story presents the theme of social roles and expectations, especially in the context of job-seeking. The theme of expectations is connected to the theme of deception, as Desmond’s deception is successful partly because he plays with Colshaw and Mr Winfield’s expectations.

The title of the story is the first line from an advertisement for a job opening: “Clerk wanted”. This creates the expectation that the story will be about a job search, or a job interview. 

At the beginning, both the readers and Colshaw are tricked into thinking Desmond is the manager, simply because he sits in the manager’s office. Colshaw does not suspect he is being tricked, even as Desmond’s behavior gets more and more bizarre. This suggests that we might expect people in a position of power to act however they want in their own ‘territory’. Furthermore, because Colshaw is only a job candidate, he has little freedom to complain or raise objections. 

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