July 21, 2022

Look At That Wee Fish.

Tiree Taylor

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short story Look at that wee fish., 2022

This short story explores the circular struggle of addiction. It challenges the neoliberal notion of ‘Personal Choice’ – which places the individual at the root of the problem, depicting addiction as a choice of pleasure, rather than a coping mechanism to soothe a deeper pain- by looking tenderly at the characters past. Giving a voice to their pain and illustrating the compulsion to reach towards something that will nullify their problems. The notion of personal choice only increases stigma towards those struggling with addiction, making it difficult, or shameful, to reach out for help and receive it when they do. This story aims to bring forth new ways of seeing people struggling with addiction, to encourage empathy and understanding towards those who are in need of help.