In our literature class we read a story called “Tyres”, written by Adam Thorpe. Here is the analysis of it and the stages of rite of passage I wrote with Victoria Landolfo, Lola Villegas, Rosario Vago and Sybilla Correa Perkins

Analysis                                                                                                                               Setting: Macrocosm (historical-social context)
• war (dark)
• life in a french village
• Love relationship (clear)

(P. 404)
Key moment
• Now, they can see the war is near!
• war is really happening in front of their eyes!

Love and war get interconnected

• specularity -> he feels reflected on the body of a young boy (son of a butcher’s)

• Climax: point of no return
He finally feels involved/touched


(P. 405) -> description of the “act”
• full of emotions
• The narrator feels more alive than ever before!


Ending (p. 407)
Dead -alive
• he is alive but dead inside
• Narrator:
~ feels guilty
~ he never grew out of it
~ senseless life
~ stagnation (stillness)
• he spends the rest of his life paying for his mistakes

• Voice: a narrator telling his memories (a flash back)

• Theme:
~ never letting go
~ paying for your mistakes
~ loyalty to the girl, country
~ love for the girl and for France
~ no cutting corners
~ love vs war
~ how individuals are kind of determined by the reality of society and the content they lived in

• Tone:
~ sad / depressing
~ romantic
~ guilty / remorseful



from not knowing that war was near to experiencing it.

  • Object of desire: the girl, Cecil                                                                                              
  • Trespassing, breaking the law of “the father figure”: when he prefers the girl over his own father
  • there should be a dare (taking action): when he breaks the tyre of the Gestapo officer, he “cuts corners”

Trespassing and dare are connected

  • The mischief should be owned up: he don’t confess and accept, he feels guilty and remorseful. He didn’t speak to his father or to Ceci’s family. He got stuck in the past. He is dead-alive
  • An act of atonement: he decides he’ll never be happy again. He punished himself. He didn’t move on, because mature people accept their responsibilities, without forgetting it, but continue living their lives. However, he never had a family or kids.