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Monthly Archive for August, 2011

What I noticed most about this story was that even though Cheryl was always in places familiar to her (the town she grew up in, the beach house her family rented every year), she seemed lost. She had to deal with a lot, such as David leaving, her children, the relationship between her mother and […]

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Death Is Not an Option

The first time I really noticed place in this story was when Emma described the woods as “blue-green undergrowth riddled with Lyme-disease-carrying ticks.“ Clearly, Rivecca placed Emma in a physical environment that she doesn’t belong in and that, as we learn, mirrors the psychological environment created by Emma’s peers. Emma hates her school, her town, and most […]

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The story of “Bob, A Dog” is an in-depth  character study of Cheryl.  The dog Sandy becomes a metaphor for Cheryl’s life.  When David, her husband, walks away from the family, Cheryl cannot move beyond this event.  There were many indications along the way that David would not survive the marriage with four children.  Cheryl acknowledges his limitations but is […]

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Reading Lee Smith’s “Bob, a Dog” was quite the experience in the first couple of pages into the story. “Quite the experience” meaning confusing. With Smith’s switching from Cheryl’s (the protagonist’s) memories and thought processes and back to present events, I found it difficult, initially, to keep up. Further into the story, I finally caught […]

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Death Is Not an Option

Having just been in the position of graduating high school, not knowing whether the choice of college was the best, I can sympathize with Emma. She has this apprehension, bordering on panic of being anywhere other than this bubble she’s been in all of her educational life. Her “friends” joke her, she hates all of […]

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Death is Not an Option

I always end up starting my post with the disclaimer that I am still trying to figure out exactly what it is that I like about the story or what makes it intriguing.  The voice of the character is so sharp but we are still able to feel all of her insecurity and sympathize with […]

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Hard Times

I felt as though I knew how this story would end the minute it began. In “Hard Times,” the author examines the tradeoff between what is perceived as “right” and what is best. In every scene, the victims of the Great Depression are forced to make the difficult choices that dictate their survival. We see […]

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Hard Times

I think I have read this story before.  The scene were the dog gets its throat slit I have blocked from my memory, but I distinctly remember the child sitting with an egg in her mouth, and the hook being caught in the cheek.  I could just vividly imagine her eyes shining out of the […]

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Hard Times

When I began reading this story, it reminded me of the henhouse in the Hannah Montana movie, which I thought was funny. However, continuing on in the story, it became grim and sad. The fact that Edna ran off her children all because she believed what she was doing would toughen them up was sad. […]

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Associations

While I was reading “Hard Times,” I kept thinking about a specific place and time in history: the Dust Bowl in Kansas. This is not where the story was placed, so I was wondering how I came to that association. When I was reading, I was trying to pay attention to the setting of the story […]

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Exercise 1

  Exercise 1 Select one of the following photographs and write no more than 500 words on the place depicted in the photograph. Please write as though your description is part of a story and from the point of view of a particular character who is very familiar with this place. Due: Midnight, Monday, August 29 in […]

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