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Bergman’s decision to begin each paragraph without a transition into the next thought proved to be very effective due to the narrator’s attitude towards her bad luck concerning love. She is very indecisive throughout the story, and the depths of her confusion are shown through juxtaposed syntax. I think it’s interesting that she has such […]

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Robert Olen Butler’s “Mid-Autumn” features a Vietnamese woman speaking to her unborn child about their heritage and the heartache that came along with losing the love of her life, Bao. The narrative is told differently in contrast to other stories as the narrator takes on the voice of a woman. As opposed to his conventionally […]

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Robert Olen Butler’s “Love”

Robert Olen Butler’s “Love” concerns a man questioning his identity as a Vietnamese man in American society as he copes with his wife’s coquettish behavior. In Vietnam, he was able to use his abilities as a spy to essentially wipe out any man who tried pursuing his wife. However, in America, he discovered his small […]

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Bergman’s, “Yesterday’s Whales,” tells the story of a woman who discovers she’s pregnant by her ‘anti-evolution’ boyfriend. Throughout the story, she uses italics to emphasize commentary going on within the narrator’s head. I thought it was very effective in the sense that it demonstrated the narrator’s hesitancy towards leaving her boyfriend; she was very precise […]

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She was a sand-colored bitch with a whorled, nubby stomach.” McCracken does an incredible job meeting lyricism with profanity. The profanity is not overdone and does not pose risk of disrupting the character’s identity. Jake, an older man possessing rough edges and an apparent lack of happiness, is easily suited by profane dialect. The circumstances […]

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“We’re on TV in the Universe”

Overall, Vaughn’s story, “We’re on TV in the Universe” struck me as mildly humorous and slightly unconventional. I personally like her decision to use the chicken as a motif throughout the story, resonating with the decisions of other authors as well, such as Bergman’s “Birds of a Lesser Paradise,” both authors contributing to the universal […]

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I felt like Vaughn did a fantastic job of writing both with a simplistic approach to story-line and plot and also a flair for the unusual and a good sense of humor. Beyond developing a plot for my stories, I always find it very difficult to decide the path that my characters will take in order to […]

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I want to mother the world, I thought. I have so much love. Then–I have no business being a mother. I am a selfish woman. Then–I can do this. Millions of women have been mothers. Then–I feel very alone. I do not know what I am capable of. The narrator feels oppressed by the lack […]

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