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To make a choice is easy, but to make the right one can sometimes be very difficult. To speak one´s mind and stand up to your opinion can also be thought, especially when being in a large crowd, but sometimes it is the most important time for doing so. In the old days watching a musical or going to the theater was entertaining enough; it gave people a chance to relax and enjoy their time off, but now thing have changed. However, the cinema and musicals are still entertaining but the tings we find amusing have become more and more bizarre. This contemp-orary short story “Hensch” which is an American short story published in 1997, bring up the to-pic “entertainment” for discussion; have too many boundaries been crossed? Have we lost our innocence and dignity in the search of a cheap thrill?

The most relevant themes in the story are: entertainment, moral responsibility and passivity. These three themes come together very nicely in the story and they play a big part in shaping the readers impression of the audience´s opinions towards Hensch and his performance.

The knife thrower, Hensch, is the main character of the story, but throughout the text we gain very little knowledge of him. He is very mystical and does not speak a word during his act; of course this is done to make him an anonymous, but still a central character for the story. Susan Parker, the girl next door, symbolizes the whole community´s loss of innocence. Du-ring the show, they did not protest when their boundaries are crossed, they become victims of en-tertainment´s appendages, which make one forget what is right and wrong. Hensch is the knife thrower, known for crossing boundaries, carrying out forbidden and dangerous. Hensch is descri-beed as a mysterious man with black hair and black clothes who performs his show with arro-gance and indifference towards the audience, and it…...

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