South Carolina in the Fifties

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Most stories depict a world full of misconception and over scrutinized facts which deal with an indirect narration of the past. The story is drawn out and over dramatized to the point of disbelief. Bastard out of Carolina is just that. On the contrary, this book is nothing but realistic. Comparing world sufficiency established by Dorothy Allison’s idea of the fifties to that of today’s standards, one would see it as if that world is one out of a fairytale; not so much a fairytale, but as more of a nightmare-tale. To the readers’ surprise, this fictional story is based off personal experience from that of the author. In conclusion, what is said in this novel could be directly compared to life as it was during the nineteen fifties in South Carolina. In particular, white folk of the time period are what is being analyzed and compared. Allison was born into a macrocosm of poverty and sexual abuse. To her, this was the normality of existence at a young age. Her life parallels Bone’s existence in the book and is an ideal structure to base assumption of the fifties off of. What was sufficient ‘then’ is highly different from that of expectations and sufficiency from a present day perspective. Sufficiency lies on a linear social line of expectation. The norms and ideologies of society lie along this line likewise. Defining what exactly sufficiency means in this context: sufficiency is the normality or the accepting of a certain level of knowledge, income, and interactive structure into a society. Essentially it is what is considered ‘enough’ in a given tense. In the fifties for example, role expectations in a family are extremely different from that of today’s expectations. The undertaking of a role today is more freely accepted than what ... ... middle of paper ... ...ere. One may set a higher bar of sufficiency for them due to advancements in technology that was not present in the fifties and one may have more expectations for their future, but from a young age, that is more inheriting the burden or luxury, than something one can control. Without a doubt, one could break free from their inherited life style, but that requires motivation and determination. Anney had her head on straight; she was just unfortunate enough to fall into various ‘fate’ driven struggles and blindly entered situations. Works Cited Reuben, Paul P. "Chapter 10: Dorothy Allison." PAL: Perspectives in American Literature- A Research and Reference Guide. URL: (provide page date or date of your login). Cengage, Gale, ed. Bastard Out of Carolina. N.p.: MAXnotes, 2002. eNotes. Web. 8 Mar. 2014.

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