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- The Virgin Suicides is a Pulitzer Prize winning novel written in 1993 by Jeffrey Eugenides. It was his debut novel. It centers on a group of unnamed neighborhood boys who are captivated by the five mysterious Lisbon sisters. The book was critically acclaimed for its unique first person plural narrative and received numerous awards. The book originally appeared as a short story that won an Aga Khan Prize for Fiction in 1991. The short story eventually developed into the first chapter of The Virgin Suicides.... [tags: character analysis]
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- When one first thinks of mythology the first things that first come to mind are probably stories of Greek gods and goddesses, and the humans that prayed to them. We often forget that mythology does not end or begin with the Greeks. Authors have been using mythology for many would say centuries as a source for symbols, characters, situations, or images that conjures up universal feedback. In the case of “The Virgin Suicides” by Jeffrey Eugenides one of the archetypes that we see play out throughout the novel is the one of The Virgin Mary.... [tags: mythology, virgin mary, jeffrey eugenides]
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- Jeffery Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides illustrates the life of the Lisbon girls through the eyes of the neighborhood boys who are obsessed with them. All their lives, the Lisbon girls where known as a single entity to those around them—they were never given a chance to express their individuality. Being known as the “Lisbon girls” by those around them, most people could not differentiate between the sisters. After Cecilia succeeded in committing suicide, the Lisbon group image was broken and the girls were seen and treated differently.... [tags: story and charcater analysis]
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- The Virgin Suicides It is not important how the Lisbon sisters looked. What is important is how the teenage boys in the neighborhood thought they looked. There is a time in the adolescent season of every boy when a particular girl seems to have materialized in his dreams, with backlighting from heaven. Sofia Coppola's "The Virgin Suicides" is narrated by an adult who speaks for "we"--for all the boys in a Michigan suburban neighborhood 25 years ago, who loved and lusted after the Lisbon girls.... [tags: Papers]
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- Narrative Voice in “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “The Virgin Suicides” Both “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “The Virgin Suicides” are told in first-person. The former, singular and the latter, plural. While the stories themselves are different in terms of plot and content, the narrative used is actually very similar, and the narrators share similar characteristics and patterns through their respective stories. Both of the narrators in “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “The Virgin Suicides” suffer from a neurosis of sorts, adding effectiveness to which the reader understands the story.... [tags: Narrative, Narrator, The Virgin Suicides]
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- Narrative Voice in The Yellow Wallpaper and The Virgin Suicides Both The Yellow Wallpaper and The Virgin Suicides are told in first-person. The former, singular and the latter, plural. While the stories themselves are different in terms of content, the narrative used is very similar, and the narrators share similar characteristics through their respective stories. The narrators in The Yellow Wallpaper and The Virgin Suicides suffer from a neurosis of sorts, affecting how the reader understands the story.... [tags: Narrator, Narrative, The Virgin Suicides]
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- Eugenides’s The Virgin Suicides and Joyce Carolyn Oates’s Expensive People Suburban life is commonly portrayed as a narrative of the upper-middle class. Clean, sterile and reserved, suburbia is a tangible representation of the universally misconstrued “American dream.” However, culture fails to recognize the dark underbelly of this uplifting dream: a world of masked depression, ingrained superiority and stark ignorance. Jeffery Eugenides’s The Virgin Suicides and Joyce Carolyn Oates’s Expensive People both narrate the darker side of the American dream.... [tags: Eugenides Oates Expensive Virgin Essays]
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- The Virgin Suicides and the Writing Self Usually our voice for telling a story is our own writing self. A person that understands the situation at hand and speaks in a manner relevant to the situation. We don't normally create a separate narrator to make our writing more interesting. We simply write our thoughts and opinions to convey our ideas. But Jeffery Eugenides writing the Virgin Suicides brought out a separate part of himself to narrate for him. An entirely fabricated group to speak the story of the girls. This helped both the writer and the reader in their reality separation. We read it and feel totally immersed in the fiction of the novel. Throughout it we ca... [tags: Virgin Suicides Essays]
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- After analyzing each critics responses to The Virgin Suicides, Kostava really looked into the underlying message behind Eugenides words. Sweeney does not believe that the true reasoning behind the suicides was explained. Pearl and Collins view the tone as being complicated enough that it is too distracting for the reader to comprehend the plot. More in favor of the novel was Griffith who commended Eugenides on his unique writing style. However, Kostava analyzed each chapter the way the author wanted him to.... [tags: Suicide, The Complete Manual of Suicide]
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- Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides, inner struggles are paralleled with each setting. Taking place in the twentieth century each setting plays a significant role in explaining a theme in the novel. Fleeing Greece in a time of war and entering Detroit Michigan as immigrants parallel later events to the next generation of kin fleeing Grosse Pointe Michigan to San Francisco. These settings compliment a major theme of the novel, society has always believed to be missing something in their life and attempted to fill the missing piece.... [tags: Literary Review]
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Her second attempt at committing suicide was a little bit more successful. She jumped off her balcony of her house and landed on her wooden picket fence that was in the front yard of their house which impaled her and killed her instantly, After the community found out about her performing this action in the story Mrs. Zaretti said “Our kids could jump on it to.”(Page 53) This comment made by her was the most ridicules, ignorant, and naive thing I have ever heard. Just for the simple fact that it would be impossible for the kids to do that, because they would have to break into the Lisbon house and use their balcony to jump on to the fence to kill themselves. She Cleary said this out of ignorance. After talking about the death among her co-workers and people from the community she rounded up lawyers, doctors, an mortgage bankers from the community and they took it upon their self’s to dig the fence out of the Lisbon’s front yard that Cecilia was killed on. By doing this it stated in the novel that this was the greatest show of common effort in the town, they intended good but in reality it only made the situation head into a faster downfall that it already was. The family stood in the window as the lawyers, doctors, and mortgage bankers dug up there fence that there family member just died on once. They attempted to get the fence out just by shovels, strength, and lots of hope. But They and failed. Upon failure a professional was called to remove the fence, he just showed up with a big truck. He hooked it to the fence and ripped it out of the ground roots and everything. Once the fence was out of the ground his work was finished and he left with the fence on his truck, this left a hole of nothing in there lawn. It was like a remembrance that didn’t go away. The family only could spectate from their living room window but they were helpless. The boys were obsessed with the girls already, but once Cecilia dies it motivates them even more to find out everything they can about the girls. Lux was affected by her sister’s death in the novel it state’s “Lux confused the sexual act with love. For her, sex became a substitute for the comfort she needed as a result of her sister’s suicide.” This shows how people handle different situations differently. She had to have sex to make her feel better and other people would do different things like go for a run, or smoke something, maybe get professional help. But lux was affected differently she needed sex to make her feel better, this probably wasn’t the best way for comfort considering that she was a virgin, never had sex before and she rushed into it which only leads to more and more emotional problems the sister’s and lux were already facing with in their lives.
“Our own knowledge of Cecilia kept growing after her death, too with the same unnatural persistence. Though she had spoken only rarely and had no real friends, everybody possessed his own vivid memories of Cecilia” (page 40) this acknowledge the fact that Cecilia has a huge impact on both the family and the community they lived in. The boys didn’t really have any memories of Cecilia only when looking back to times they spent with her in the sandbox together or any other significance memories they spent time with her. This had created a sympathy factor for the family and especially for her sisters in school. Everybody knew about it and it was the talk of the town. It made the girls have a weird feeling like a withdrawal from everyone in a sense. I remember when a kid in our school died… Brendan Horn he was killed in a quading accident were he hit a tree and was thrown from his quad and was killed on impact. His best friend Steve and his family was effect the same way the Lisbon’s family was affected they never took care of their lawn and their property turned to crap. The community tried to get involved also by holding fund raisers and moments of silence in the school. For about a week after his death they did this and Steve said it was just a bad reminder of someone he cared about. All of this made it worse for him because he knew that the community didn’t really care they were just doing this so that they did something about it. The school held these moments of silence in the morning for about a week before they stopped and the normal routine announcements started again and it was a sign of not caring just going through the motion. Steve stopped talking to people at school. Once the school found out it was in mourning. Silence lurked through the halls like a presences was over your shoulder watching your every move. Some cried, some prayed, most were unaffected. But after time people began to go back to normal routine. With the fact of Cecilia’s death the neighbors felt a sense of discomfort around the Lisbon’s household, just for the fact that they stopped cleaning there house and there were lots of leaves in the yard and bats came from the chimney every night. It was a reminder of death. There was grief in the house and people didn’t understand that. In the novel the boys are outside of the Lisbon’s house one night and it grew dark they stated “ that since Cecilia suicide the Lisbon’s could hardly wait for night to forget themselves in sleep” (page 58) this was what everyone in the town started to believe. Well the high school kids at least and that’s horrible. But that is how society is they always assume things and for the most part are usually wrong and what they say or think could hurt the family’s feelings. I would imagine back in this time when the boys were in high school is was brutal. People must have talked about anything and everything they could about the Lisbon’s carelessly. My personal preference Is that I think that death was something never expected in the Lisbon’s family, as in any family death is usually never expected but this death, Cecilia’s which occurred in a suicide they were completely thrown off track and the family started to go downhill from there.
At the end of the book the parents go see a doctor named Dr. Hornicker and he states “with most people suicide is like Russian roulette only one chamber has a bullet. With the Lisbon girls, the gun was loaded. A bullet for family abuse, A bullet for genetic predisposition, A bullet for historical malaise, A bullet for inevitable momentum. The other two bullets are impossible to name, but that’s doesn’t mean the chambers were empty” he states this because it is his job but he also had an abstention himself with the Lisbon girls and their story. This helped the parents coop a little bit with their loses but it gave me more understanding about how important Cecilia’s death was in the story she was the start of a domino effect that took place. She was the bullet for family abuse. She felt abused for the reason I’m not sure of but I think they were because the girls were under such tight rules of the house and never got to live the experience that normal teenage girls get to live. The virgin suicide was a good novel and had lost of interesting events in it but Cecilia’s was my favorite. She was start of the whole downfall and she didn’t even know it. She affected so many people with just the act of killing herself the neighborhood boys, the school, the community, her sister all four of them, and the mother and father. I think that if Cecilia’s death didn’t occur then the whole outcome of the story would have been different and not as interesting as it was the original way.