Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes To Iowa

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“Shoeless Joe Jackson comes to Iowa”, written by WP Kinsella, is a great Canadian short story. The unnamed main character and narrator is told by an imaginary voice “If you build it he will come”. It being a baseball field and referring to joe jackson the baseball player. Kinsella successfully shoes how people should work hard to make their dreams come true, even if it means having to overcome great obstacles. The story also shows how people often have unique ideas regarding what would constitute heaven.
WP Kinsella successfully illustrates how people should work hard to make their dreams come true, even if it means having to overcome great obstacles. The theme can be supported by plot structure. The plot of the story is the main character building the baseball field, waiting for someone to come. He succeeds in building the field overcoming obstacles along the way such as loss of farmland and fiance issues.
Characterization is a good example of how this theme can be represented. The main character seems to be very dedicated to the building of the field and doing what the voice asks of him. There are few things he does that shoes how dedicated to the success of the field he is.

“Now i stand ready to cut into the cornfield, to chisel away a piece of our livelihood
to use as dream currency” (106)

“Consider it done I say hardly thinking of the back breaking labour it entails”(106)
He would do anything he can to preserve and care for the field. This story is told from the point of view of the nameless main character. Its written in first person, by which the author gives us a deeper look in to the characters thoughts. This gave us an insight on how he succeeded with his dream to bring back shoeless Joe Jackson. The baseball field is really the only symbol in the story. It represents how he succeeded.He built the field so shoeless joe jackson would come back and play baseball again, and he did. Therefore succeeding in his dream to have shoeless joe jackson play again. “shoeless Joe Jackson comes to Iowa” proves through various examples how it expresses the theme well.
“Shoeless joe jackson comes to Iowa” is an example of how people often have unique ideas regarding what would constitute heaven. One of the ways the story...

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