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Category Archive for 'Burning Bright'

Rash, “Into the Gorge”

“Into the Gorge” is no less heartbreaking than the other stories in Rash’s Burning Bright.  This story takes an interesting turn right from the beginning when the main character is described as a supplement to the character described in the opening paragraph. It is Jesse’s aunt who is described rather than Jesse himself. This is […]

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Lincolnites

Being a big fan of American history made this story really enjoyable to read. It really shows how strong military wives have to be in order to keep their lifestyle the way they want it. Which is still seen today. I had a feeling that Lily was going to do something to the soldier when […]

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Lincolnites

What struck me about this story was how unperturbed Lily remains through everything that happens. At the beginning, she is knitting, thinking about her family, the plowing, and how she’ll go hide the horse and chickens soon as if all those things are perfectly normal. We already know that the story is set during the Civil War, […]

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Waiting for the End of the World

This story really wasn’t what I had expected from the title, but it was interesting. The details given by the narrator of what he sees, who he is around, his life story and the lives of his friends, made it easy as the reader to create the scene of the story. Everything that Devon states […]

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This story by Ron Rash was unique in a few ways. The main character, Devon, has had everything go wrong in his life, and yet I don’t believe we are asked to feel sorry for him. Despite the depressing conditions all around him, he doesn’t seem to feel sorry for himself, either. The plot action […]

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Waiting for the World to End

I was halfway through the story when I caught myself thinking: wait, this is really good old dry Ron Rash in this story? This story is anything but slow and dry. It is teeming with sound and movement, but it is almost still at the same time. The most defining characteristic of this story is […]

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Falling Star

This story had a great narrative speaker. He really made the story easier to imagine. Small town kids from the south, high school education, married young, then started to go different ways. We see this type of thing in a lot of movies and other stories, but this one was very original. Through out the […]

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Falling Star

Because this story is, on one level, about education, the accents the characters speak with are important. Throughout the story, Bobby clearly has a thick, uneducated Southern drawl. At the beginning, when Bobby remembers when Lynn decided to go to college, he recalls her saying “just because you’ve never made anything of yourself don’t mean […]

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Into the Gorge

The setting was at the forefront of this story and had a clear purpose in the plot.  Jesse’s sense of family is found in the woods, and by the ginseng patch near his home.  The plot line that followed the history of his great-aunt and the underlying tension with Jesse’s own age both develop through […]

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Into the Gorge

This story reminded me of Return. There was a story that happened in the past and the story that was happening in the present to the same person. Those two stories intertwine to create a more powerful story. Only this time, the focus on the two stories were on slightly different people. The past-story was […]

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The two stories we read for today were very different from the other things we have read this semester.  For starters, they were quite short.  They were written with a different sort of style than the others as well. Return might be my favorite story we have read this semester.  I know, it shocks me […]

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There is a widowed woman, alone on a farm too big for her to manage by herself. There are fires being set all over the county during a drought, and there is a man, Carl, who is surely the culprit. However, because Carl marries the widow, Marcie, and she needs the affection and attention that […]

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Rash, “Burning Bright”

I don’t know about everyone else but all these small-town-stories are starting to give me a headache. One of those headaches you get when you’ve got too much disappointment stuck inside you. In my strongest opinion, nothing is more depressing than living out in the middle of nowhere, on a farm, with nothing to do, no one […]

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Burning Bright

Nothing in this story says small rural town to me more than the phrase “cut off”, which Marcie uses twice. I’ve heard people say that in small towns in Pennsylvania, so I know exactly where Marcie lives (although in North Carolina) and what kind of people she knows. Rash shows us that Marcie leads a […]

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Burn, Burn, Burn

You can really tell the place of the story. A small town in North Carolina where everyone knows everybody else. A place where it hasn’t rained for a long, long time and everything is as dry as a bone. Even the image of trying to water the garden is dry. You don’t see the water […]

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Burning Bright

This was a sad and lonely story.  We learn about Arthur and Carl at almost the same pace, and I liked how the story jumped back and forth from past to present. The setting really brings to light what is happening to Marcie.  The new roof, and the new garage come about with the presence […]

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This whole story sits with me a weird way. I didn’t really enjoy it, yet, didn’t really think it was awful. It was just…there.  The concept was interesting enough. A woman, Ruth Lealand, is in a state of incessant suffering from the death of her child and attempts to, apparently, find comfort in the fact […]

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A sense of place. What exactly is a sense of place? Well, honestly, it doesn’t have to be a physical place on this planet, at least to me. As place in a story can be somewhere such as Washington, DC, Space, or even a mind set. When one is told to go to their, “happy […]

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What exactly is place? It sounds like an easy question. There can be a place (or a setting) of a story. Without the setting, it would be hard to make a story. Place could be a real coordinate on earth such as Raleigh, North Carolina. Place could be the dialect of a certain area in […]

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The jaguars-in-South-Carolina issue didn’t seem to be the point of the story. It was just a unique plot line through which we could learn about Ruth. Instead, I was interested by a kind of parallel between Ruth’s loneliness and the missing child flyers. The missing children could be important to Ruth because of her dead son, but to […]

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