On the sidewalk bleeding

The main character, Andy, in Evan Hunter’s short story entitled “On the Sidewalk Bleeding” initially believes that he was a Royal and that he was uninjured, but later understands that he was Andy and that he was dying. His changing understanding is revealed through the use of the environment, personal thoughts, and interactions with other people.

  • “He did not know why his voice had deserted him, or why there was an open hole in his body from which his life ran readily, steadily, or why the rain had become so suddenly fierce.”
  • “Now, in the alley, with the cold rain washing his hot body, he wondered about the meaning. If he died, he was Andy. He was not a Royal. He was simply Andy, and he was dead.”
  • “Andy lifted his face from the sidewalk, and his eyes said: Please, please help me,”

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