The story was interesting and I really liked it. I like how it is told from the perspective of a kid and how it isn’t written too formally. I guess that throughout the story, Miss Moore was trying to teach the children and help them see the injustice of how they live. But for whatever reason, the main character seems to dislike her and tries to ignore everything she says. She knows that Miss Moore wants them to respond, so she doesn’t. I wonder if its because she doesn’t want to face reality or just wants to stay a kid, not worrying about such complicated things. The story is about poverty and the unfairness of life in America, especially for poc. Sugar pointed out that weŕe not living in a democracy, if it is unequal to such an extent. People need money just to survive while others are spending it on silly things like toys. I feel as if this story is also about coming out of ¨the cave¨ in a way, because when you grow up in certain conditions, you think that it is normal or the way it is supposed to be. The kids are aware that they are poor, but they’re not really aware of the injustice done to them. It is very much about opening up people’s eyes to the kinds of injustices they face daily, but treat them as a norm because that is the environment they grew up in. It is also about changing your perspective and how difficult it could be to face the truth.
Hills Like White Elephants-
I have read this story two times before: in tenth grade and last year. So I already know pretty much what happens, but I do remember the first time I read this story. I wasn't introduced to Hemingway or subtext yet, so I was confused about the story, but later figured out what was going on. I thought the story was pretty boring. I didn't like it much. It's just two people talking about the woman being pregnant. Obviously it takes place sometime after the war. They're moving around Europe. I guess maybe this is about a new generation, about new children growing up in a post-war era who don't know what their elders had to go through. It makes me think of the other stories in a way and the effects that war and other crisis' have on people. Obviously the way they view their relationship is different. I guess this story is also how this new sort of era affected relationships and how people viewed them and pursued them. But of course, the man wants her to terminate the pregnancy. He doesn't want to be burdened by something like a child. So in fact, a new generation isn't being birthed. They aren't continuing their lines, they aren't passing down a legacy. Perhaps what he's trying to say is that they don't have a legacy to pass down. I like though the use of elephants in this story. It is there to make you think about the "elephant in the room", about something really obvious. But they both slightly disagree on what they see. It shows that even though they might seem to be on the same page, they don't really see things the same way.
The Use of Force:
I actually really enjoyed reading this short story, I was a little disappointed with how short this short story actually was though. It was just so interesting and exciting that William Carlos Williams immediately entangled me into it with the few words he used to write it. Williams' short story, _The Use of Force_, makes you really sit there and think, "who is the real victim here?", just as you would in a real life situation. Was the mother the victim, after having to see the thing she made act so rude in front of the "nice man"? Was it the father, who has to hold his struggling daughter down so the doctor could find out if she has diphtheria? Was it the doctor, whose eyes nearly got clawed out my this little girl? Or was it the girl herself, who was just trying to keep this sickness a secret, most likely, so her parents wouldn't worry because of all the other dead children?
A lot of readers may come up with a million and one reasons as to why this girl didn't want the doctor to know about her conditions, but I personally believe that if she was old enough to know what the doctor was telling her, she was old enough to worry about her parents. She obviously knows about all the children who have died of diphtheria, she probably even knew a few, and she has seen the way it affected the parents. I choose to think that the reason she was restraining against the doctor was because she was trying to keep her parents from that emotional trauma of taking care of a child who was sick.
William Carlos Williams does a wonderful job of making you sit down and think, "who am I supposed to feel bad for when everyone is struggling?". Just the fact that Williams can make you feel all these different emotions for all these different people and still have you enjoy a story so much, is actually a really impressive trick; this is the exact reason why _The Use of Force_ is one of my favorite short stories we have read so far.
The worn path:
I wasn't necessarily into this short story, _A worn path_, it definitely wasn't my favorite, but the very Strange and exaggerated imagery and context in this story helped me to think of it more as a time line in a story, if that makes sense.
While I was reading the beginning, I didn't really understand any meaning this story could have, but once I got to the part where Old Phoenix says "Up through the pines, now down through oaks", I started thinking of this story as a metaphor for Old Phoenix's life, her timeline. When she says this line, I feel like she's is actually saying that her life is like a hill that is spotted with all these hardships. Like going through a forest of pine trees, riddled with foxes, owls, beetles, jack rabbits, raccoon, and various wild animals; each animal she states could be a different obstinate she has had to face. When she says that line, Old Phoenix is at the top of the hill, meaning she has peaked in her life.
At the part where Old Phoenix is about the mount the log abound she says, "now comes the trial", that could mean that there was abound part in her life that she finds extremely tough, a time when she was faced with trial after trial. But as she looks back, she realized that the worst was yet to come at the part where she says " I wasn't afters old as I thought".
If you really analyze every part of this story, you could probably figure out Old Phoenix's entire journey through life.
An old, experienced, woman named Phoenix travels an old, worn, path, that symbolizes all the hardships she has faced in her life, from the beginning to the end.
Key Theme Quotes:
1) "He recognized fear. So I will have to see him, he thought, without dread or even hope. I will have to look at him."
2) "Be scared," Sam said. "You can;t help that. But don't be afraid. Ain't nothing in the woods going to hurt you unless you corner it, or it smells that you are afraid. A bear or a deer, too, had got to be scared of a coward the same as a brave man has got to be."
Perrine Analysis Questions:
1)Is the fantasy employed for its own sake or to express some human truth? If the latter, what truth?
2)Is the primary interest of the story in plot, character, theme, or some other element?
3)What means does the author use to reveal character? Are the characters sufficiently dramatized? What use is made of character contrasts?
4) Who is the protagonist of the story? What are the conflicts? are they physical, intellectual, moral, or emotional? Is the main conflict between sharply differentiated good and evil, or is it more subtle and complex?
5)To what extent is this a "formula" story?
The protagonist is the main boy, Isaac, his conflict would be moral. Growing up he watched his dad go off to hunt the bear, but when it came time to hunt it for himself, he felt that he couldn't; he was too afraid. It was a basic conflict between good and evil, his morals.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.