Post a Comment. This short story completely surprised me. The story starts out with a man and his wife in an intensive care unit for babies. Their son is in a coma and has been for a while.
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Post a Comment. This was actually a real good story and the most relatable story I have read in the course packet so far. It stated out talking about the couples baby who suffocated when his face got stuck between his mattress and crib, now I dont really understand or cant visualize how that would actually happen.
But, they said he died 3 times that day. Now my first initial thought of Mr. Grief was that he was actually trying to save the baby life and just couldn't do it right away. They described how their baby was hooked up to machines worths millions of dollars that helped him breathe, pee, and poop. I can't imagine alone having a child in a colma and not knowing if they are going to make it and on top of that to be worried about funds to make sure we can afford to pay for the healthcare.
I don't even know many people who would stay sane during a time like this. Grief checked on the baby but the wife and him didn't see eye to eye and she cussed him out a lot. She even fought him. I loved the way this story had so man life lessons in it that you could use any time.
It said "when your hurting it feels good to hurt somebody else. But you have to be careful. If you get addicted to the pain-causing then you start hurting people who dont need hurting". This is sooooo true. The actions in the book are enough but you can also use as an example when you are upset with something that may have happened on your job and to ease that pain you start an argument with someone at home, because it helps release some of that anger and hostility.
However you are just hurting someone who did nothing to you, instead of facing the true problem that occured. Another example is when you are cheated on, when you feel all that pain and all the questions of "why" you get the urge to inject revenge upon your lover. Now sleeping with someone else may ease the pain for that quick time during intercorse, however the person you could be sleeping with could have feelings for you or feel a certain way about you that you aren't even open to because your too busy trying to get revenge.
Now even though it was done two different ways, the same way you got hurt and didn't deserve it, you did the same thing to them. Back to the story, the couple didn't even have a chance to name their baby.
They said they were indians and didn't want to carry around to much hope. Which is true, sometimes we can do that and it's really false hope that distracts us from accepting the reality of whatever is going on. One lesson that the father learned in the story was to basically pick his self up. When he heard the two men talking about how bad the woman whose child was dying had looked he realized the joy he should have.
Another good quote used was " If you let yourself get ugly on the outside, you're going to feel worse on the inside". Very true, even when it comes to your self esteem or confidence about yourself. If you fix yourself up and get dressed nice you get a certain feeling of confidence, pride and joy about yourself that no one could take away from you.
Towards the end of the story when the father went and bought the big vibrator Chocolate Thunder. I thought that was crazy at first. Actually I had to re read it because I know we were just talking about a baby and how did we jump to a vibrator. But, like he said they were desperate and willing to try everything. Now although I didn't understand every significant detail about how he used the vibrator I know it gave them motivation and a purpose. They felt like they were actually fighting for their child's life now.
What he said about humans being too simpleminded was true. A lot of times we have answers and solutions to our problems but we don't think enough of ways outside of the box to solve them. No comments:. Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom.
Sherman Alexie's Do Not Go Gentle
Every one of these stories share some of the same, and some different emotions all the way from somber scenes to each of the characters having fun with each other and laughing. In the most difficult situations hope is the only thing is left. Do Not Go Gentle by Sherman Alexie relates the story of a desperate Indian American couple trying to find a way to make their son wake up from his coma. One day, the grieving father leaves the hospital to buy a gift for his son hoping that he will recover. The father innocently enters a little shop called Toys in Babeland.
"Do Not Go Gentle" Sherman Alexie