Study Questions for "You Have Never Been Here"

Once more, we will open by establishing the narrator and setting for the story. "You Have Never Been Here" poses some interesting difficulties because of its second person [you] address, so I am interested in how you respond to that approach.

"You Have Never Been Here" [2006] by M. Rickert, first published in FVS

  1. Wy does the narrator systematically refer to everyone around as "bodies" instead of as individual identities? After your finish the story, re-read the first paragraph and consider how that paragraph might mean something different to you once you have experienced the entire story.
  2. How would you describe the situation of this story? Who are these characters and why do they behave as they do?
  3. Who exactly is the protagonist of the story? Is the protagonist male or female?
  4. the phrase, "YOU ARE ON THE/A TRAIN"occurs twice in the story [272 & 281]. How does this recurrence of an almost identical statement [Tthe" and "a" are the only differences. ]affect your understanding of the story?