The Irony Of Dave Egger´S Story: Accident

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Commonly, vehicular collisions are considered a negative occurrence. Dave Eggers hints towards this mindset in his short story Accident. Plotted in the middle of an intersection in 2005, the story commences with the main character driving his automobile through the intersection and striking an older Camaro. The three teenagers in the Camaro are fine, but the main character notices all the damage he has done to their vehicle and he fears an unpleasant encounter with them. Dave Eggers uses irony throughout the situation to illustrate the main character’s relief. The characters’ involvement with the collision emphasizes Egger’s theme that no matter how unfortunate an incident, positivity can result.
Throughout the commencement of the story, the main character perceives the situation as negative. When he first thinks of the situation, he envisions being confronted with anger: “Walking to the car, which you have ruined, it occurs to you that if the three teenagers are angry teenagers, this encounter could be very unpleasant” (Par. 2). As he approaches the Camaro, he sees the three teenagers get out and inspect the damage, expecting the driver of the vehicle to become furious at him. There is significance here because the teens do not beat him up nor acknowledge that they are even slightly mad at him. “…you find yourself, minute by minute, ever more thankful that none of these teenagers has punched you, or even made a remark about your being drunk, which you are not, or being stupid, which you are, often” (Par. 4). The irony takes place when the main character walks away without a scratch on him from the teenagers. This is ironic because, in most cases, the people in the opposing vehicle become violent because they are filled with rage and adrenaline from the collision; especially when the collision was not their own fault.
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