1. In Silko’s “Yellow Woman,’ what do the stolen beef and the Jell-o have in common? How do these elements break the prevailing mood?
I always dislike stories and movies about cheating, it makes me cringe! This entire story seemed like a dream. The Pueblo Indian woman has eloped with a Navajo, yet she wants to leave, but she “can’t”. She thinks that she is actually living out old myths of the Yellow Woman and that he is the ka’tsina spirit. The beef and the Jell-o, as others have mentioned, I think too brings about a certain reality to the entire story. It seems almost like a fairy tale, you aren’t sure if she is actually the Yellow Woman, or if it is her imagination, but the random beef and Jell-o kind of wake you up in a way?
2. After reading Saadawi’s “In Camera,’ how do you feel about Leila Al-Fargani’s father? Upon what evidence do you base your judgement?
I would say that Leila’s father is humiliated. He is watching his daughter being tried for speaking her mind, and he had always told her that woman should stay clear of politics. I feel as if he is feeling like a failure at raising her as the culture does. Woman usually go with the flow, so having his daughter speak her mind?? Goodness! I don’t necessarily dislike him, if you think about it, you could compare to dads today by calling them “old school”. He was born and raised a certain way, and having his daughter stray from the norm I think it is sad and humiliating for him. He even felt as if death would be better for her than going through with a trial and public ridicule.
3. What is the importance of the title of the story “Death Constant Beyond Love’? What does it tell us about the stories central thematic concerns?
I think that the title of this story is saying that death is inevitable. No matter you situation in life; lonely, terminal illness, death will find you. I think that the central concern in this story is that the Senator is dying, and Nelson Farina wants a fake passport. The senator cheats on his wife, and Farina basically sold his daughter for a fake passport. It seems that both were looking for a way out, and it outweighed love.