1. Emotionally, I was devastated by the father’s reactions to the child. I actually wasn’t as “horrified” as the narrator seemed to be. I guessed the baby would be deformed much, much earlier on and was well seated with the concept by the time I reached the climax and the father was experiencing it for the first time. The child, however, brief the characterization was, appeared to be a bright, high-functioning child and her lack of limbs seemed to balance out her extraordinary intelligence. Personally, I value intelligence highly so I subconsciously placed it as a fair trade – Extreme intelligence in exchange for being a human slug. Maybe because in today’s world, many people with disabilities are given a spotlight in society, and social trends are moving to validate …show more content…
Considering that a down syndrome girl was a leading star in American Horror Story and Glee, missing limbs is not so jarring beyond my personal experience with those missing arms, legs, and eyes from daily life and my work in healthcare. But, what devastated me was the father’s reaction not due to the father’s personal horror, but how the father’s reactions would’ve translated to their highly intelligent daughter. His revulsion while understandable is painful for me as a reader due to my sympathy for his daughter. It also signals the crack in the idyllic family dynamic the reader was set up to believe in. Intellectually, I was baffled by both the fact the author chose to represent the baby’s mutation as essentially a slug and the father’s conclusion that his wife didn’t know their child did not have limbs. I find it hard to believe, that after several months of showers and diaper changing she doesn’t know her daughter is deformed. Which leads me to the conclusion that the internal debate and the suspense of the story was her coming to terms with her child. If she could accept her daughters deformity, its more than likely that her husband will as well. Hopefully, the title isn’t a foreboding
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In the story My Left Foot, Christy Brown was diagnosed at the age of three with cerebral palsy. Many people began to give up on him, but his mother did not. She told everyone that they were all wrong and that he was a normal child. She worked with Christy every chance she could get and tried to teach him how to write and read. One day his mother’s perseverance finally paid off. Christy was playing with his sister and saw her playing with the chalkboard. He wanted to play with it also so he picked up the piece of chalk with his foot and tried to write on the board. He could not get it at first but on th...
As the fight and argument between the couple increases, leading to the baby being harmed, but Carver does not mention to what extent. Either the baby’s arm broken or the baby ripped apart (killed), it is up to the reader to imagine and decide. Last sentence is Carver says “in this manner, the issue was decided,” this means in the violence between the couple the infant had to suffer. What happens next is not stated; it feels like story started from the middle and did not have a clear ending. It would be better if none of them got to keep the infant. By the end, the reader is fully familiarized with the subject of the story. When one reads the story between the lines, he/she understands that Carver is talking about the couple throughout the story, but actually the infant is the main
Baby narrates her story through her naïve, innocent child voice. She serves as a filter for all the events happening in her life, what the narrator does not know or does not comprehend cannot be explained to the readers. However, readers have reason not to trust what she is telling them because of her unreliability. Throughout the beginning of the novel we see Baby’s harsh exposure to drugs and hurt. Jules raised her in an unstable environment because of his constant drug abuse. However, the narrator uses flowery language to downplay the cruel reality of her Montreal street life. “… for a kid, I knew a lot of things about what it felt like to use heroin” (10). We immediately see as we continue reading that Baby thinks the way she has been living her life is completely normal, however, we as readers understand that her life is in fact worse then she narrates. Baby knows about the impermanent nature of her domestic security, however, she repeatedly attempts to create a sense of home each time her and Jules move to another apartm...
Upon entering the world on the 25th day of June 2014 — brown skinned Asha Rose 's little slanted eyes, toes with gaps in between them, and distinct face shape led her doctors to believe she had Down Syndrome. She was diagnosed with a chromosomal condition in which babies’ developmental milestones and overall health is grossly affected. Expressly, as a result, Asha Rose has a congenital heart condition called Atrial Septic Defect. Considerably, several doctors have stated she may need surgery to remediate the effects of this defect. However, the two year old Asha Rose has proven perseverant. As an illustration of her tenacious spirit, at she walks like a boss and even says two word sentences.
...pparent. When the baby saw Angela's face she had no reaction, because baby's are still so naïve and that obviously doesn't matter to them. Although the baby did not notice anything different about Angela, the baby's mother did and she quickly pulled her baby away from Angela, making clear how her disease was slowly taking over her life.
This type of neurological disorder then follows suit into other stories such as “The Man Who Fell Out of Bed” and the “Hands” Story. These two stories are similar with the patient in “The Man Who Fell Out of Bed” believed his leg did not belong to him and calls it a “foreign leg”. Whilst in the “Hands” story Madeleine age 60 is blind with cerebral palsy and found her hands useless lumps of dough. However, in Madeline’s case all her sensory capacities where intact and she was able to restore full sensation in her hands by tricking her into grabbing food when she was
“When they see the half limb they become inhibited, nervous”. Weise is trying to say the amputee is so self-conscious about their disability that their partner is scared of them and won’t want to have sex anymore because they are scared or disgusted. But in all reality the partner doesn’t care about the prosthetic limb for if they did they wouldn’t be having sex at all. “Would it hurt like this?” “Would she tell me if it did”. The author shows this point of view for the purpose of showing the partners point of view. The partner wants the amputee to feel comfortable and not feel any embarrassment or pain. Weise then goes onto say that mobility is key. Mobility shows confidence in yourself and that you’re not scared. The amputee has a lot going on, on their mind during this time. The partner also has a lot going on in their mind too. The amputee isn’t the only one stressing. The partner doesn’t want to cause uncomfort to the amputee because it would just be a bad awkward experience for both
Sex, adultery, rock and roll, and belonging. These are just some of the things that draw teens into The Rocky Horror Picture Show every Friday and Saturday night. Most teens are drawn in by a family connection and there are still others who are simply drawn in by the curiosity brought up by the name of the show alone. I was drawn in because of family and friend ties to the show. Many teens who go find themselves in a place where they feel that they belong. Teens who normally get called “freaks” go to Rocky because it is a place where they are no longer considered that. Every person that attends Rocky has a certain uniqueness about them that is celebrated at every show. When you go to Rocky, you meet others who are just like you. This helps to build friendships and bonds between the attendees. It also creates an air of family in the theater that goes everywhere with you.
With the guidance of their physician, Baby Does’ parents chose to withhold medical care and surgery due to the conclusion still leaving the child with severe retardation. “Officials at the hospital had the Indiana Juvenile Courts appoint a guardian to determine whether or not to perform the surgery. The court finally ruled in favor of the parents and upheld their right to informed medical decision” (Resnik, 2011). Because of the decision made to withhold surgery and medical care, Baby Doe died five days later of dehydration and pneumonia.
Laura, our fragile daughter-figure, finds herself escaping life at every turn. She induces sickness in her typing class and even as the Gentleman Caller awaits her in the livingroom. Unable to deal with those difficulties, Laura goes to the zoo and walks aimlessly around the city to waste time. Frightened of interacting with people, she looks to her collection of glass animals as a place of secure acceptance. Laura clings to the fear that she is strange and crippled though she herself exacerbates the reality of that. Magnifying ...
Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Horror Genre Typically the Horror or more specifically Vampire genre will have the theme good vs. evil where the hero represents good and the villain represents evil. This is consistent in Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Buffy is the hero and the evil vampires she slays (in this episode Glory/Ben) represent evil. There is also a cliché within this genre where good is always triumphant over evil. Buffy in this episode conforms to this cliché but with a twist; which is also typical of the Genre, good triumphs over evil in the end but not without a sacrifice. Although Buffy contains many of the conventions that are typical of the horror genre it also contains many conventions which are associated with other genres making it multi generic.
In November 19, 2016, Alberta Canada, a mother was ripped away from full custody over her four-year-old child because authorities found her guilty of child neglect for allowing her child to wear the opposite gendered clothing. This article was posted on The Guardian by Ashifa Kassam and quickly made headlines in the media. According to Kassam, Susan Smith said she gave birth to a male but soon after the child turned two it began to identify as female. At first, the child was questioning why it had a penis, and as any parent would, Smith explained that because you were born a boy you had a penis. This greatly unsettled the child to the point of the child waking up screaming, “Mom, I don’t want to be a boy…I’m going to cut off my penis, I want my penis off.” This alarmed Smith and immediately she sought help from professionals who she hoped would guide her and her child.
Amanda cares about the health of her children. A childhood illness has left her daughter Laura with a limp. Being aware of this “cripple”, Laura has developed a mental fragility and an inferiority complex that have isolated her from the outside world (Unknown, Amanda Wingfield). If Amanda was not a good a good mother she would not worry at all about Laura’s health and independence. Instead she continuously tells Laura that her limp is not something to be ashamed of. “Nonsense! Laura, I’ve told you never, never to use that word. Why, you’re not crippled, you just have a little defect. . .” (Williams 1985) Amanda was afraid that because Laura’s health problems she would never receive gentlemen callers because “she had to walk with a brace and was extremely shy” (Unknown, Amandaa Wingfield). Amanda begins to see beyond her daughter as a crippled and does not let any of her children mention it.