Mutual Recognition

In the story “Escape From Spider Head”, the characters judge each other based off of their own life experiences. This explains why Absteni has the power for most of the story, and all of the subjects see each other as criminals, because they are all there for a crime they did. Absteni see’s himself as the big man in charge in the spider head, because he has the power to tell people what to do. Everybody plays their role. Although, as the story unfolds Jeff begins to see the other characters as people, instead of a criminal, boss, or whatever he thought of them as. He realizes that Absteni is like Rogan’s tattoo, “a rat with a knife in its back, stabbing another rat that just looked clueless”, and he “thought it was a little funny that” he’d “loved” Heather after hearing her crime, but still “didn’t want to kill her”. Additionally, when Jeff killed himself, the birds he flew with “did not recognize” him “as something apart from them”.

Saying this, I believe this story was written to show people to not judge a person based on your life, but to recognize they have a different situation that requires different actions. Therefore everyone should be treated as a person instead of preconceived ideas.

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