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The narration of the story is first person singular, but sometimes it changes to second person indicating that the speaker is talking to the reader. Thus, it becomes less of a narrative story but more of an ‘informational’ story; even the voice of this story is written in a casual and informal way. Nevertheless, Russell offers us tidbits of information that indicates what we are reading is a story, such as the narrator telling us about their wife and the story of the dead child, which are smaller narratives by themselves. The theme and plot of this story center on its strangeness and surreality, in the sense that the narrator could be talking about both animals and humans. Russell uses terms such as “us Krills” and in one part of the story she even writes “show those whale fans that even though their players weigh tons to our players’ o.38 grams, we krill supporters are the bigger people.” This really throws me off because at that moment I thought the narrator and everyone else mentioned is literal krills. Yet, we get enough information to tell us that they are not crustaceans, but actually humans (Russell might have exaggerated the weight difference to throw us off). In this sense, Russell is showing us the dedication of the Team Krill supporters that they would compare the description of a krill to their own self. Indeed, the way the team and team supporters are portrayed comes off as analogous to the animal in which they are based on. The usage of the word ‘tailgating’ is muddled, as it means both racing and socializing, which are two events portrayed in the story but it doesn’t seem to be really concrete as to which one is more important – we see them do both.

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