I actually really felt like the group work today in class really helped me work through The Veil. Our group really got into a good discussion about what the story did for us emotionally and how it made us think about our tradition and culture that we grew up in compared to what the girl struggled with her whole life.
I think the veil has a way of being it’s own character in the story and it really makes you think about how you would react in that situation when you know what tradition is, and the way you are supposed to act when you are married. In my own opinion, if my husband was demanding something of me in that way, there would definitely have to be a discussion about how that is not the way our marriage is going to work. But in the story she had no voice in that way, she knew what tradition was and she knew that he was supposed to remove the veil for her. I like the issues this brought up and our group had a really good talk about this.
I feel cheesy but today was a good class!
The first short story in the book, The Veil, really hit me in a different emotional place. Thinking about that situation was heart breaking, especially at the end. It was my favorite story I read so far in there.
I liked our discussion today about the different characters today, but I believe there is a lot still to be said for the grandmother and her deep feelings of nationalism. I also liked the comment today about how she could be somewhat jealous, and that may be why she is so bitter. I was still a little unsure about how she connected with colonialism.
Found this blog from a few years ago about Shadow Lines..He goes through the family tree and posted an actual picture of it. Hope this helps..
Spoiler Alert if you haven’t finished the book yet!
I am unsure if this is too late to comment on “Untouchable” , although we did discuss it again at length in class today. I don’t having anything monumental to say about it really, but I think that it is interesting on the perspective that we are receiving the story. It tripped me up thinking about it how we are getting someones personal experience through another persons eyes — making it not so personal. I just thought that this part of our discussion in class was very interesting and was wondering if anyone had anything else to add to it.
comments welcome, of all kind.