Microblog about a Microblog Story

One of O. Westin’s untitled microblogs (@MicroSFF) contains two characters having a conversation: a human and an alien. Westin uses indirect characterization to show that the human feels inferior. Indirect characterization is made up of what a character says and does. These actions tell us something about that character. The speaker of the story explains that the alien looked at the speaker “with all its eyes.” This helps establish, very early in the story, that the speaker feels judged. In the first line of the story, the speaker tells us they feel vulnerable “without a weapon.” In addition to using what the character says (dialogue and narration) to establish that they are uncomfortable, we also see that what the speaker does (or tries to do) confirms this feeling. Paralyzed by nervousness, the speaker tells us that “I try to laugh.”

Works Cited
@MicroSFF (O. Westin). “‘I feel naked without a weapon,’ . . .” Twitter, 19 Jan. 2019, twitter.com/MicroSFF/status/1086599780720132096

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