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Lifes Mistakes Many authors use a central theme or main idea to unify their works Sometimes these themes incorporate forms of imagery such as tactile imagery or visual imagery to help support their theme and make this main idea more apparent to the reader Carol Shields in her short story Fifteen Minutes in the Life of Larry Weller uses this technique to its fullest as she describes to the reader the lifestyle of her character Larry Weller In this short story Shields teaches us that life just happens we cant plan our futures and things happen usually by mistake One gets a taste of this theme in the first line of the opening paragraph By mistake Larry Weller took someone elses Harris tweed jacket instead of his own Shields 587 As Larry puts on the jacket and realizes it is someone elses he decides to keep the jacket for a while and see what it would be like to live the lifestyle of someone other then himself Shields also goes on to describe the ordinary almost drab routine of Larry Wellers life She describes his always-white socks as a way of telling the reader the main character is not one for change In fact the reader begins to understand Larry as the type of person who does not adjust to change and plans every aspect of his lifestyle Sport socks You got a choice between a red stripe around the top a blue stripe or no stripe at all He wore those socks every single day White socks went on for a long time in Larrys life A whole era Shields 588 As the story moves forward Larry becomes comfortable in someone elses jacket in someone elses life We learn that many of the things that happened in Larrys life happened by mistake His career choice came along as a mistake due to the college sending his mother information about the
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