A War with Twisted Legs

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“The 400-Pound CEO” by George Saunders tells the journey of an ordinary overweight male. He slaves away at a dead end job openly ridiculed by his colleagues for his size, his love life is non-existent, and he goes through life hoping only for the end. Jeffery was not always four hundred pounds, he slowly let himself go. The lower his confidence got, the higher the number on his scale read. His life is basically a facade. His job is to fool housewives into thinking their pests are going to a “better place” when in actuality they get savagely murdered. He also has to go through his days acting like he is cool with having no other half, the opposite sex see him as nonexistent. So he turns to food to comfort him. Jeffery’s life seems to take an upward turn when Freeda accepts his painfully awkward proposal to a date. He wipes out his menial savings to impress this woman who seems to care nothing about him and hours before was repulsed by him. The next day he comes into work only to find out it was a prank that Freeda accepted in order to pay her phone bill.

Jeffery grows increasingly frustrated by his state of life each day and he snaps. His business had been under personal investigation by a self appointed animal rescue crusader. As much as she annoys him Jeffery flies off the handle when he sees his jerk boss, Tim, threaten her. Because of his size he easily kills him and allows the girl to escape. With Tim out of the way, he hands the business over to himself and runs the company how he sees fit. They will finally do what they claim with the animals and employees will be treated with the utmost respect. Finally, Freeda is all over him when she smells power. His reign is short-lived and Jeffrey is promptly arrested.

Even though I enjoyed the “400-Pound CEO” the most out of Saunder’s collection, I cannot say I…...

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