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Head Work

This study guide will help you analyze the short story “Head Work” by Abel Phelps. You can also find a summary of the text, as well as inspiration for interpreting it. 

Presentation of the text

Title: “Head Work”
Author: Abel Phelps
Published in: Sunshine and Shadows
Year of Publication: 2004
Genre: Short story

Abel Phelps was a South African writer born in Great Britain. “Head Work” is part of the short story collection Sunshine and Shadows and was published in 2004.

Excerpt 

Below, you can read an excerpt from our study guide:

Direct address

The first-person narrator also addresses the reader directly in the beginning of the story. This technique is also called breaking the fourth wall, and it helps to engage the readers, making them part of the story: “You think of being out of work as something that happens to other people.” (p. 250, ll. 3-4)

Foreshadowing

In the story, there are a few foreshadowing elements, hinting at what will happen next. First of all, the initial narrative speech about being laid off hints that this is what the story is going to be about. Further on, Gertie’s statement about how a wig would suit Klaas proves to be true when she sends him one: ““I reckon if Klasie got a wig, he could even get a job as Prime Minister”, were her last words.” (p. 253, ll. 14-15)

Irony

As we have previously pointed out, the whole story is built on irony and humour which help present the theme of racial...

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