1 misleading title:
pseudo-conversation - no
direct speech of social worker
( more like monologue)
2 Affinity to confessional or
3 Initiation narrative:
integration of young
protagonist into society
4 Main questions/issues
4.1.1 "How did I become an adult? I'll tell you, I never did learn. I have to
pretend. All the things you take for granted I have to do it all
consciously. I'm always thinking about it, like I was on the stage."
4.2.1 "He always wore blue suits. He owned a garage in Clapham and because he was
big and successful he hated me at first sight. ... He was so big and strong and full of
himself I suppose he couldn't bear to think that people like me existed."
4.3 social norms and individual " normality"
4.3.1 "You might say that at least he was normal. But I'd rather be me anyday."
4.4 Individual identity (and its instability)
4.4.1 "He never remembered our last conversation or who
he was. I don't think he knew who he was himself. Like
he didn't have an identity of hiw own."
5.1 Indirect social critique: is it desirable to be
a member of the society depicted in the
5.2 ambivalent reception perspective: Cupboard Man as "freak" or as social critic?
6 Ironic inversion of conventional
initiation structure: Cupboard Man
unable/ unwilling to integrate
6.1 no progression/ maturation, but
regression and withdrawal from