First Stop: A very confusing short story
Jun 16, 2010
Jun 16, 2010
Over the course of this past week, I have encountered several different characters and settings on my reading travels. My nose has constantly been in short story after short story. Today I traveled to a destination unknown with my assigned short story reading. In “Half a Grapefruit” written by Alice Munro, I met a young high school girl named Rose. Rose lives with her father and step mom, Flo. Rose is very intelligent and loves to read. Flo on the other hand is uneducated and quite vacant upstairs. Rose’s father believes that Flo is the ideal woman. He supports the oppression of women and believes they should only excel at the skills of home and family. In fact page 110 is full of nothing but oppressive comments and ideals. According to the story, “A woman ought to be energetic, practical…at the same time she should be na´ve intellectually…” As I read this quote, I immediately became annoyed. The further I read on I quickly became infuriated. I am very passionate about the Women’s Rights and did not expect to read about it in this story. I like the fact that Munro brought this topic to the story because any piece of literature that can strike a chord with me is great. I believe that writing should make the audience feel passion for the story. Besides that part of the story, I really did not like that many of the characters in the story have cancer. This story really shows just how widespread the tragedy of cancer is. Overall, the story was very confusing and I am still not sure what to think about it. Perhaps I should re-read it and analyze it further. I cannot wait to discuss this in the mini book club to gain more insight and hopefully a new perspective on the short story.