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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 of the people she knows, but it’s almost as if by hating them so much and for so long, she has in some way taken ownership of them. I was confused as to why Rivecca included some parts of the story, such as Emma’s crotch fixation. The only reason I’ve come up with so far is that they give evidence of Emma’s mental state. Does anyone have any more specific ideas?

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