LOST IN THE FUNHOUSEby John Barth, John Barth is no doubt best known as a novelist, but his one collection of short stories, Lost in the Funhouse. John Barth’s titular short story, ‘Lost in the Funhouse’, from his subversive short- story collection Lost in the Funhouse, is an overt example of the theories. Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth. BACKGROUND. John Barth is best known for his wit and clever use of language. He wrote short stories like “Lost in the.

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John Barth is best known for his wit and clever use of language. This story was published ina time of great upheaval in Thhe race riots, war, hippies, etc. The layout of the story is weird. It looks like there are parts of the story out of order and math problems in the middle. They all are part of some equations or formula Barth wants you to put together.

The crazy nature of the story makes the story a funhouse in itself.

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The main dude of the story. He is at that awkward, funhojse time in his life. Ambrose takes a trip with his family to Ocean City, Maryland. Ambrose’s parents and uncle sit up front in the car and he sits in the back with Magda and his older brother Peter.


During the car ride, they play games.

The first game is sighting towers, the other game is cards. Then they arrive in Maryland. They go to the boardwalk and Ambrose’s mom gives him los to go have fun.

Ambrose is very nervous because he likes Magda. His older brother acts cool around Magda and Ambrose hates that. He wants to tell Magda that he loves her. Then the kids go in the funhouse.

Peter and Magda go off by themselves, and Ambrose is left alone in the funhouse. Schoolbytes English Papers History Contact. Barth uses the narrator to address issues of story writing — he mentions several different ways the story could end. In the end, the fact that Ambrose is left all alone is thr symbolic. The love of his life and his older brother ran off together to another part of the funhouse.

Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth

Ambrose is left all alone, betrayed, in a hall of mirrors. Note that the story takes place on Independence Day and how Ambrose is learning about being his own person.


The mirrors in the funhouse could be seen as fragments of Ambrose — he is confronted with images of himself, with no way out. The crazy, wacky funhouse could symbolize how Ambrose has trouble finding his way out of his emotions now that Magda has gone off.

Lost in the Funhouse

The funhouse is a huge part of the story. Not only does it represent his love life, but also his awkward stage in life is like a funhouse: He is afraid in the funhouse, like he is afraid in life. The mathematical equations in this story suggest a couple of things: The last line jhn the story suggests that, for writers, or those who create rather than experience, there exists an emptiness — Ambrose, and perhaps Barth, as an author, realized that he will be forever in the role of “constructing funhouses for others,” never in fujhouse role as the lovers who are allowed inside.