Evan knows that there’s a pattern going on, first, his t.v is out along with his parents, then his mothers internet is out, and signal for the phones are out. Evan even caught himself zoning out while thinking about the phones. He explains that outages like this are regular, but he also seems to be a little worried. If I could ask Evan anything, I would ask if he had any initial thoughts of something bad coming? How long are these outages, and do they all go out at once (cable, internet, signal, etc.)? Evans father had a dream about starvation, I want to ask the author is they all felt that something was coming, even subconsciously. These are some questions I would ask because I feel like they all left the feeling of something bad coming and left it in the air to blow over; that is how I feel, and how I want someone to respond to my thoughts on the characters.
“Language is power, in ways more literal than we think. When we speak, we exercise the power of language to transform reality. Why don’t more of us realize the connection between language and power?” (Julia Penelope).
In the short story, “The Island” by K. Sohail, our character can’t communicate with the police, and social worker; they talk, but they can’t understand each other. He has different ambitions than the police and social worker, or did he even have any? They understood his words, but couldn’t comprehend what they meant.
The way we talk, our language, influences how we think. Language shows the way we see the world and affects how the world sees us; it’s our lens. Our character sees the police and the social worker differently as they see themselves and vice versa. They see the world differently, and their words transform their perspectives into reality. Words hold power, It’s just a matter of whose words hold more power to stand their ground on how they see the word, and how they wield it.