Dorothy Allison speaks through this narrator with unflinching honesty about a world where pain and love intersect. She talks about her tragic family events. It wasn't funny for me in my mama's bed with my stepfather, not for my cousin Billie, in the attic with my uncle, not for Lucille in the woods with another cousin, for Danny with four strangers in a parking lot, or for Pam mie who made the papers. Allison is from the back woods of South Carolina and presents these people in a way that challenges the expectations of the American public and at the same time does not romanticize their lives. It is the basis for the later novel Bastard out of Carolina.
Why are you so afraid? Her hands are again mentioned in detail as under Jesse s chin as she was sleeping. It makes me wonder though whether she would be a lesbian if she had grown up in a different setting. But if I can write a story that so draws the reader in that she imagines herself like my characters, feels their sense of fear and uncertainty, their hopes and terrors, then I have come closer to knowing myself as real, important as the very people I have always watched with awe. Egypt and Mesopotamia were the first ancient river civilizations to create cities and their own ways of living. I wondered, listening to that recruiter. There is no description of genitals, there's no description of the actual act of intercourse except from the perspective of a child who is being hurt terribly. Do you think the main character's sister was suffering from postpartum depression? I did not know that I was hiding, blending in for safety just as I had done in high school, in college.
I had heard the word they pronounced in that same callous tone before. The story cuts back and forth between her childhood in a large poor family, and her present relationship with Jesse, a kind woman who had a pleasant childhood. The narrator holds on to that soft-chinned innocence. Her dark hair is symbolic of the fact that she is different from everyone else. As the mardocs rose to attack, the icicles found their throats and hearts.
Due to this poor treatment and torture many of her cousins went insane, committed suicide, or drank themselves to death. Jesse's hands are spoken of holding onto the narrators hipbones as she professes her love. The girls of the family would go suicide, or get hurt, but it was always the males that killed somebody or raped somebody or hurt someone in some way. Her words are not simple, but hard edged truths. Is she just a storyteller? Jessie is portrayed as having a fairy tale adolescence.
Another reason Allison gives for her survival is that she is a lesbian and she incorporates this homosexuality into her story as well. Do you think the main character's sister was suffering from postpartum depression? She then continues on to parallel the family to tadpoles and that no one would notice if one were missing from time to time. Entitlement, I have told them, is a matter of feeling like we rather than they. Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed. Summary River of Names by Dorothy Allison Suicide Related Questions How do you think the author used Tommy's death? Her mother turned her eyes away from the scene. On the other hand, one could be experiencing physical struggle with a person, or a group, or an illness, etc.
I think this is the key reason she survived. Dorothy Allison speaks through this narrator with unflinching honesty about a world where pain and love intersect. And unfortunately for them and the rest of the family, the first thought in most of their heads was usually violent. Another reason Allison gives for her survival is that she is a lesbian and she incorporates this homosexuality into her story as well. As a feminist and a radical lesbian organizer, and later as a sex radical which eventually became the term, along with pro-sex feminist, for those who were not anti-pornography but anti-censorship, those of us aguing for sexual diversity , the need to belong, to feel safe, was just as important for me as for any heterosexual, nonpolitical citizen, and sometimes even more important because the rest of my life was so embattled. He didn't like the fact that the blind man knew a lot about him even though they had never met.
This was a much better story to read than the first one, though I don't really think I can identify with either of them. Allison's writing is her own means of self-exploration. And I got the feeling that he was jealous of the blind man for some reason, maybe even a little intimidated. We were the they everyone talks about—the un-grateful poor. Although there were profound differences between the two, they were both pleasantly constructed. There will be times of struggle and a times of trial along the way but whatever life may throw at you, never give up, be strong and believe that you are going to make it.
An additional question I had about one of the narrator's stories was of a young teenage girl. She also wrote books, short stories plays and all types of literature. They went on like multiplication tables. My people were not remarkable. These are the same people and places known by Norman Mclean as he was growing up. Personal Responsibility Why is the title River Of Names? They, those people over there, those people who are not us, they die so easily, kill each other so casually. Jessie is portrayed as having a fairy tale adolescence.
I have known I was a lesbian since I was a teenager, and I have spent a good twenty years making peace with the effects of incest and physical abuse. All it takes is for one person to break the cycle, leading to future generations of more socially sane and acceptable people. They never had any attention to themselves, because there was probably just another one of them coming along every few months it seemed. I had constructed a life, an identity in which I took pride, an alternative lesbian family in which I felt safe, and I did not realize that the fundamental me had almost disappeared. Her words are not simple, but hard edged truths. Postpartum depression Rape Related Questions Media talk about homosexuality related to rape, meaning rape being the cause.