Does "Gorilla, My Love" make an argument about the treatment of a particular element of fiction (plot, narrarion, character, setting, symbol, or theme)? 

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Arguably theme, character and narration are all inextricably intertwined in this brilliant short story to present the reader with the view and perspective of a young girl who desperately tries to make sense of the complex adult world that she lives in and is hurt as a result. The author therefore uses these three elements of fiction in this short story to present her message of betrayal and to in particular challenge her adult audience, who might be tempted to dismiss Hazel's epiphany when she breaks down at the end of the story after realising how she has been deceived as mere childishness. The choice of narration, of choosing to tell the tale from the perspective of the young girl in question, helps to reinforce the author's theme of betrayal, as although the adult audience will be able to identify with the complex world of the adults who look after and care for Hazel, at the same time the pain is made more real and apparent as it is Hazel herself who narrates it:

Only I ain't playin. I'm hurtin and I can hear that I am screamin.

Establishing the character of Hazel as a somewhat naive young girl who takes the words of the adults in her life at face value and therefore feels betrayed and deeply hurt when they don't fulfill the promises they casually make therefore lies at the very heart of the short story. Using character and theme helps to create the author's argument, challenging the reader to see the world from a different perspective and to not treat children in a childish way, recognising that they can and will interpret things from their own perspective, coming up with different meanings from what was meant. 

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