In the short story, “Hills Like White Elephants” the girl and the American man are talking in a bar at a train station about the operation. The operation they are talking about is an abortion. I don’t think that the man wanted her to have the baby. He says, “That’s the only thing that bothers us. It’s the only thing that’s making us unhappy.” He keeps trying to convince her to get the abortion even though I think she wants to keep the baby. The story talks about the two different sides of the train station, one has white hills that are brown and dry and the other has fields of grain, trees, mountains and a river. The one with the hills suggest death and the one with the mountains suggest life. She can either have the baby or get an abortion. The baby’s life is in her hands. Throughout their conversation they are drinking the whole time, which is pretty bad because she’s pregnant and also it suggests that they have a problematic relationship with each other. I think that the ending was a little confusing. I think that they will go on their separate ways and she will keep the baby without him knowing about it.
Monday, February 11, 2013
I thought that the husband, John should not have trapped his wife in a room claiming that it would help her condition. Her husband would not let her have the room she wanted instead she was forced in a room that had barred windows and patchy yellow wall paper. He would make fun of her about her wanting to change the wall paper. It only made her go crazy. He controlled her telling her she was not allowed to write or do anything. She was forced to be isolated and the only thing she could see was this yellow wall paper. She eventually started to see a woman behind bars in the wall paper. I think she was actually seeing herself because she felt trapped. She said something about tying the woman if she escaped which I think symbolizes her always being bond by something like her marriage. She is never free she will always be trapped. Towards the end when her husband finally gets into the room it says he fainted at the sight of her. I think that she hung herself and now hangs over him all the time. I think she just lost it and went insane and killed herself to be free from her trapped life.
Monday, February 4, 2013
I think that the family should have listened to the grandma when she said that The Misfit was loose in Florida. They should have gone to Tennessee instead. The grandma should not have taken her cat with her. I thought that the children were disrespectful to the grandma and parents. For instance the boy, John Wesley said to the grandma, “If you don’t want to go to Florida, why dontcha stay at home?” The girl, June Star said, “She wouldn’t stay at home for a million bucks.” “Afraid she’d miss something. She has to go everywhere we go.” As the family is driving to Florida, the grandma remembers a house she once went to and lies to get her son, Bailey to travel there saying that there is a secret panel and there’s silver in it that no one has found. So this made the children want to see it because they never seen a secret panel and so they begged their dad until he agreed to it. As their traveling to the house the grandmother starts to realize that the house she was talking about was in Tennessee not Georgia but she doesn’t speak out about it because she was too embarrassed and knew that Bailey would get angry. I think she should have told Bailey even though he would be upset that way they could have turned around instead of going further. If the grandma would have said something they probably wouldn’t have gotten in a wreck. The grandmother shouldn’t have said anything when she knew that the man was The Misfit maybe they wouldn’t have gotten killed.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
In the short story, “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven,” it showed how the Indian was judged based on his race. For instance in 7-11 where he went in to buy a Creamsicle the white cashier kept looking at him like he was going to rob the place. Also when he was pulled over by the police, the officer said “you’re making people nervous. You don’t fit the profile of the neighborhood.” I believe that it is wrong to profile people just based on looks. The Indian in the story talks about his relationship with his white girlfriend. They seemed to also argue with each other. He would throw lamps and break them. He would insult her because she was a kindergarten teacher saying, “hey schoolmarm, did your kids teach you anything new today?” I think that he left her because of the dream he had of whites and Indians fighting against each other. I think that their relationship was bad because of the racism around them. I think that most of this story had to do with whites and Indians fighting because at the end of the story he gets a phone call at his work from his former girlfriend and he asked her “what’s going to happen to us?” She responded with “I don’t know; I want to change the world.” I think what she meant was she wanted to stop all the racism between whites and indians in order to make the world a better place so they can be together without discrimination.