On Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 4:04 PM, Loryl Mcbride <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
12 November, 2012
During this reading much like the last one, I had a hard time focusing on
each character. Maybe I was bored with the reading, or maybe it just didn't
interest me. However, the one way that I did connect with the reading was
about the darkness.
When I was a little girl I was terrified of the dark due to the fact that
someone had broke into my bedroom window three times. Since then I am still
terrified of the dark. A lot like this character I find myself wondering what
every noise is, who is out side my door or window. Are they there to hurt me?
Will they break in too murder me? This is something the effects my every day
life because I have these feelings every single night.
At the end of the story I felt very disturbed and disgusted of what I was
reading and couldn't wait for it to be over. I don't enjoy reading about rape;
even more so when it's rape about a family member. It made me ask my self
"why is he having us read this" . I feel that the whole story was very random and
all over the place. Not my favorite story at all.
THIS STORY IS AN ACCOUNT OF A PERSON WHO IS FACING HIS OWN FEARS. AS A MALE THE IDEA OF RAPING YOUR SISTER OR MOTHER, EVEN IN YOUR DREAMS, IS ABOUT THE WORST THING YOU CAN POSSIBLY IMAGINE (JUST AS BEING RAPED AS A WOMAN BY YOUR FATHER MIGHT BE FOR A FEMALE CHARACTER.) IN THIS CASE THE STORY IS ABOUT RESPONSIBILITY AND THEREFORE THE CHARACTER LOOKS AT ONE OF THE WORST ATROCITIES IN HISTORY AND IS ABLE TO CONNECT HIS OWN FEARS TO IT.
AT SOME LEVEL LITERATURE IS ABOUT OVERCOMING YOUR FEAR "OF THE DARK", WORKING THROUGH WHAT IT MEANS, AND THEN USING THAT INFORMATION TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS. TO NOT MENTION RAPE EVER IS TO IGNORE IT, WHICH MEANS NEVER UNDERSTANDING IT, WHICH MEANS IT KEEPS HAPPENING. THIS IS SOMETHING THE CHARACTER IN THIS STORY IS CONFRONTING, AND THEREFORE SO IS THE READER. IS THIS DISTURBING? YES, OF COURSE! BEING DISTURBED IS OFTEN A QUALITY OF UNCOVERING TRUTH. BUT NOT FACING IT WOULD LEAD TO SOMETHING EVEN MORE DISTURBING. DOES THAT MAKE SENSE?
YOU ACTUALLY HAVE A BEGINNING OF GOOD PAPER HERE, IF YOU TOOK THE FOCUS ON YOUR OWN FEAR OF DARKNESS, RELATED YOURSELF TO THE CHARACTER THROUGH IT AND THEN TIED IT INTO YOUR NATURAL PERSPECTIVE OF HORROR OF RAPE AS IT PLAYS OUT FOR THE CHARACTER IN THE STORY. THAT COULD BE A POWERFUL TAKE ON THE STORY.
ALSO, TRUST THAT IN LITERATURE, ESPECIALLY, NOTHING IS RANDOM.