Notes on David Foster Wallace – “Incarnations of Burned Children”, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni – “Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter”

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Notes on the Readings
David Foster Wallace Incarnations of Burned Children
-The most confusing short story I have ever read. Although the way the
author wrote right from the beginning made me want to read more. I was
anxious to know what happens to the child, to only find that he may be dead.
I dont even know how he got hurt, and what really happened to him. Im still
confused.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter
-This story really touched me as I did feel for Mrs. Dutta and her hardships being
in a new country and not really being accepted by her family. I was kind of
depressing to think that her own son, was siding with his wife to get her out of the
house. When it was his mom that worked her entire life to give him a good life, to
only live a lonely life now. It was sad. However, I do feel the childrens point of view
with getting annoyed of the cultural and old fashioned values that their
grandmother possesses. I feel that way when my grandparents come down from
Guyana, as their expectations are different than North American culture. For
example, my grandparents think I should be cooking full meals by now, to start
preparing for marriage, or even my curfew shouldnt be passed 9:00. Life is totally
different over here, and I could relate to these grandchildren.
Ernest Hemingway The Hills Like White Elephants
After reading this short story numerous times, I finally understood it! I didnt
know what it could possibly be about until I started reading between the
lines.
-White= purity= pure, new baby
-“There were labels on them from all the hotels where they had spent nights- this line
indicates they spent many nights in hotels, the labels indicating stability in the
Americans life, that he likes his life the way it is.
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