In the story Whirligig, the author shows the theme of setting by saying don’t drink than go and drive after you’ve gone to a party. Some examples of this is when Brent says, “ It’s my fault, I’m the one who killed her”, as in admitting that it’s his fault and he feels guilty about killing her. Lea died in Chicago, which is another example of setting, for where it took place at. This theme shows that don’t try to kill yourself when it could lead to not only your own death, but someone else’s death. Also don’t try to kill yourself while drunk and it’s at nighttime when you can crash into anyone or anything like Brent did when he killed Lea. Therefore, the use of theme for setting in Whrligig, shows don’t drink and drive when it leads to possible death.
This shows that Brent was able to commit suicide, because he was alone, it was dark, and it was just him by himself.
" It's still dark outside, no traffic, just me"
Brent admits he tried to kill Lea to his mom, while trying to kill himself, but killed her instead while she was walking on the sidewalk after the party as he was drunk.
It's my fault, I'm the one that killed her"
This scene shows that the lady Brent talked to, thinks he knows he didn't mean to kill Lea, and that we all make mistakes sometimes not meaning to.
" My sense of you, is that you're a good person, not a bad one"
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