Devi; Marquez; Saadawi; Silko

In Silko’s “Yellow Woman’ what do the stolen beef & the jell-o have in common? How do these elements break the prevailing mood?

After reading this story and growing up in North Dakota, one thing I hear a lot about is how the Native Americans lived “naturally”,  Both the stolen beef and jell-o are the exact opposite of this way of life. Natives, in this story and in life, normally would have eaten some sort of wild game for meat and natural vegetables that they probably grew themselves.  The prevailing mood in all this is broken because neither the beef or the jell-o is a food that is considered natural.  The beef which is not only stolen, is a domesticated animal and the jell-o is something that is completely processed and would not have been eaten by the Native Americans back then.

After reading Saadawi’s “In Camera,’ how do you feel about Leila Al-Fargani’s father? Upon what evidence do you base your judgement?

After reading “In Camera” I really feel like Leila’s father is kind of a jerk. The guy is really full of himself and is not afraid of looking like an idiot.  I feel like during his daughters trial, he was saying a lot of stuff to make  himself seem good and get respect even though what was going on had nothing to do with him at all.  It kind of seemed like he was so stuck in his ways that he made his daughter his daughter stray away from the norm and this seemed really arrogant.

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 story “Death Constant Beyond Love” tells us that love is the only thing that can last longer then death.  I think it tells us that no matter how bad things seem in life, love will outlast them in the long run.

2 thoughts on “Devi; Marquez; Saadawi; Silko

  1. sehoyos

    I enjoyed your perspective of the Jello and beef. Jello is something processed and would have no place in the traditional story of Yellow Woman. Additionally, the beef would not have either as it is stolen and not actually hunted wild game.

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  2. swtrinchet

    Your last answer is interesting. Most people in the rest of the discussion have interpreted “Death Constant Beyond Love” as Death is more constant than Love. You’ve done the opposite and read it as Love continues beyond Death. I’d like to think now that it was meant to have a dual meaning.

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