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The author Alice Sebold’s main points and events from her biographical background that helps us to get a better understanding of the novel is that this book is based off of her very traumatic and unfortunate rape experience. In order for her to write and explain exactly how she felt this significant event changed her life and made her look at life differently. This event influenced her purpose in writing the novel because she wanted to share her incident and for others who may have experienced and been through the same thing that she is one with you and can relate. When the incident happened, she was so worried about what her family would think. She feared telling her mom because she wasn’t sure how her mom was going to react to what had happened to her. Her readers unfortunately may not get to fully get and go into understanding of what happened to her. No one might understand how it feels like to be in her place because we did not go through this unfortunate and total life changing experience,  but what matters to alice in her writing is so that her readers and audience can hear her out and listen and put themselves to her story. 2.  There are 13 chapters in this novel and each chapter is about another scene that happened, or it is a time change or setting change. There are 268 pages. When she goes over her flashbacks, she is very detailed and descriptive. The beginning of the book jumps right into her rape scene, and it was very gory and extremely detailed. I understood everything she felt in her body, I understood what was going through her head at the time, and what she was feeling emotionally and physically. Not because I was with her or been through the same thing she has but because the way she described the event felt like she didn’t leave any information out. Like she wanted us to know every action that happened so that we could see where she was coming from. I believe she started chapter one, right with the rape scene because the whole novel was based on that. So that was the first thing she wanted us to read and know before we got to read and understand anything else. The novel went basically in chronological order. Starting from what had happened first to everything that followed after. When reading it felt like she didn’t leave anything out, she wanted the reader and audience to know everything that was going on. I believe that it is a pretty simple plot. It states the event and talks about what came after then repeats and it’s like a storyline. 3. The novel is written from a first person point of view and I believe that the effect of this is for the audience and readers to try to understand her feelings and emotions towards this incident. She wants us to see the incident through her eyes so that we could understand it better. The effect that the author will achieve when doing this is like a personal story. So she would tell the story as if she were to tell us like we were in person. She wanted the audience to get to know her and the story on more of a personal level and connection. When doing this it has more of an emotional appeal. The audience feels sympathy and wants to listen and hear and be there for the victim. The way Sebold tells her story is by telling us “What it is like to go through a particular kind of nightmare in order to tell what it’s like — slowly, bumpily, triumphantly — to heal.” (Kerr, Vogue).  4. Passage 1:At that moment I signed myself over to him. I was convinced that I would not live. I could not fight anymore. He was going to do what he wanted to me. That was it. Everything slowed down. He stood up and began dragging me over the grass by my hair. I twisted and half crawled, trying to keep up with him. Dimly, I had seen the dark entrance of the amphitheater tunnel from the path. As we neared it, and I realized it was our destination, a rush of fear ran through me. I knew  I would die. (Sebold,2).  Passage 2 Inside, the room was dark. Linda was kneeling on her bed and holding the door open. I had woken her up. “What is it?” she asked. “Linda,” I said, “I was just raped and beaten in the park.” She fell back and into the darkness. She had passed out. The doors were spring-hinged and so the door slammed shut. The RSA had cared. I turned around and walked back downstairs to his desk. He stood. “I was raped in the park,” I said. “Will you call the police?” He spoke quickly in Arabic, forgetting himself, then, “Yes, oh, yes, please come.” Behind him was a room with glass walls. Though meant as an office of some sort, it was never used. He led me in there and told me to sit down. Because there was no chair, I sat on top of the desk. Boys had gathered from outside and now started in at me, pressing their faces near the glass. I don’t remember how long it took-not long because it was university property and the hospital was only six blocks south. The police arrived first, but I have no memory of what I said to them there. Then I was on a gurney being strapped down. Then out in the hallway. There was a large crowd now and it blocked the entrance. I saw the RSA look over at me as he was being questioned. A policeman took control. “Get out of the way,” he said to my curious peers. “This girl’s just been raped.”Passage 3As they did the combings, Dr. Husa said, “Ah, now, there is a hair from him!” The nurse held the evidence bag open and Dr. Husa shook the combings into it. “Good,” the nurse said. “Alice,” Dr. Husa said, “we are going to let you urinate now but then I will have to take stitches inside.” The nurse helped me sit up and then scooted a bedpan under me. I urinated for such a long time that the nurse and Mary Alice made a point of it, and laughed each time they thought I’d stopped. When I was done, what I saw was a bedpan full of blood, not urine. The nurse covered it quickly with paper from the examining table. “You don’t need to be looking at that.” Mary Alice helped me lie back down. Dr. Husa had me scoot down so she could take the stitches. “You’ll be sore down here for a few days, maybe a week,” Dr. Husa said. “You shouldn’t do much, if you can avoid it.” But I couldn’t think in terms of days or weeks. I could only focus on the next minute and believe that with each minute it would get better, that slowly all of this might go away. I told the police not to call my mother. Unaware of my appearance, I believed I could hide the rape from her and from my family. My mother had panic attacks in heavy traffic;  I was certain my rape would destroy her. After the vaginal exam was completed, I was wheeled into a bright white room. This room was used to store large, incredible machines with lifesaving abilities, all shining with stainless steel and spotless fiberglass. Mary Alice had gone back out to the waiting room. I noticed the machines and their details, how clean and new they seemed, because it was the first time I had been alone since the wheels of my rescue were set in motion. I lay on the gurney, naked under the hospital gown, and I was cold. I was not sure why I was there, stored alongside these machines. It was a long time before anyone came. It was a nurse. I asked her if I could take a shower in the shower stall in the corner. She looked at a chart on the end of the gurney, which I hadn’t known was there. I wondered what it said about me, and pictured the word RAPE, in bold red letters, written diagonally across the page.4. The diction is mostly neutral. Sebold uses a lot of everyday words but she also uses words that only she can say since she is a victim or rape. Or the way she explains herself. Because not everyone has gone through the same thing she has, some of the diction would be fairly new to us. For example an informal choice of diction would be, “It’s all going to be okay.” (Sebold, 55). We all have said this before to make someone feel better before, and after awhile if you keep telling someone that it is going to be okay and they see no change that line is going to start losing all of its meaning. And an example of formal choice of diction would be, “Flaps were our name for when Mommy went crazy.” The word Flaps, is just a hidden word to make anxiety sound less worst so people don’t think of them as crazy. The diction used in this book reflects Sebold’s traumatic incident and how she never would have imagined as a rape being her life changing moment and how years after her rape everyone was going to look at her as a rape victim and that is something she didn’t want to be seen as. But after everything that has happened to her she needed something to sense security and safe about. And I believe she uses imagery in, ” I sat in my chair wearing a long white nightgown” (Sebold 58). “I wore my nightgown and robe for Mrs. Jeitles.”( Sebold 66). This was a common thing that kept on going on after her rape incident and it seems like she would go for nightgowns as her safe area. Just like a stuffed bear or blanket as a child, the nightgown made her feel like she would be okay. The audience could relate to her because they could’ve had like a safekeeping item to them as a child. The diction is mainly the same throughout the entire book. Sebold says things that we can not relate to because we have not gone through what she has but she also relates to us because she was just a normal girl before the incident. 5. Sebold’s life was written so that I felt as I were experiencing all that she had experienced. She wasn’t lucky at all, but she was very plucky, both her immediate response to the rape and the aftermath were plucky.Sebold uses intense writing. . In this case, everything else that happens in the book is because the protagonist was raped, so it all springs from that initial event. In sebald’s writing her writing pattern follows foreshadowing and memory. She does not write in long sentence she writes straight to the point and always to the point and aspect of the author who experienced the rape more than the others involved in the book. The sentences are more simple. There is a lot of repetition represented and brought back of experience and memories, the author uses syntax in the writing all together to get into intense detail and visualization for the reader to really be able to understand and almost experience what alice sebold had to.  6. In the book Lucky there are many different tropes (figurative language) rhetorical question, imagery, pathos, “Come here,” he said. “Kiss megoodbye.” It was a date to him. For me it was happening all over again.I kissed him. Did I say I had free will? Do you still believe in that?” page 13. By Amber Appel “He made her get to her feet andwalk back to my bedroom, wherehe made her lie down on my bed.That was where he’d raped her.” (Sebold 218)Sebold uses a rhetorical question here to make us think about how Alice is feeling at this moment during the rape. Alice does what her rapist says to in order protect her own skin, and not because she wants to. The quote and picture use pathos to touch the reader’s emotions making them feel the pain Alice is feeling. This part of the book becomes ironic because at this point Alice’s roommate, Lila, is raped in Alice’s own bed while Alice is out of the house, and it may even be connected to Alice’s rape. This quote and picture connect to the reader through pathos because the reader can understand the guilt and other emotions Alice may be feeling. “I need the blood of your hideon my hands. I want to kill youwith boots and guns and glass.I want to f*** you with knives.Come to me, Come to me,Come die and lie, beside me.”Page 99. This quote shows Alice’s pure, deep hatredfor her rapist. This quote was taken from a poem Alice wrote for one of her college classes. It uses imagery and pathos to allow the reader into Alice’s mind, to let them see through her eyes and feel her emotions, her anger, and her pain. Alice Sebold’s book, Lucky, is a heart wrenching memoir of the author’s firsthand experience with rape during her freshman year of college at Syracuse University. The book starts off describing in detail exactly what happened during the rape. It completely catches the reader off guard but continues to keep them hooked throughout the entire book. After the rape scene it takes a turn into a giant flashback of Alice’s entire childhood and how each traumatic event molded her into the young adult she was at the time of the rape. It also talks about Alice’s decision to return back to Syracuse but choosing not to stay on campus. While still attending school Alice battles through a painful trial to try and put her attacker in jail. While in the courtroom Alice has a breakdown after enduring intense questioning from the defense’s lawyers, but she pushes through and finishes the trial strong. Around this time Alice writes a poem about her true feelings towards her rapist for one of her classes which eventually leads to Alice learning of another classmate’s sexual assault by her father and two brothers! Alice is moved by this and really feels lucky that she only had to endure one night of her rape unlike her classmate, Maria, who had to suffer since she was young. Alice continues her poetry and while out one night her roommate, Lila, is attacked in their living space. Lila ended up being raped and the police thought it may have some type of relation to Alice’s rape but Lila decides to drop the charges. Alice tries her hardest to make Lila feel comfortable but ended up going over the top which pushes Lila farther and farther away. 7. There are multiple ironic devices introduced in the book Lucky, paradox is shown, Is rape a sort of death, even though she didn’t actually die? Alice explores this idea over the course of the book.After Alice took shower, she dressed “in clothes that Tree and Diane had hurriedly selected from the few clothes” she had. They forgot to take her underwear, so she had to do without them. She also wore pants, which her grandmother described as “rebel pants”. She was afraid to go to the police station like that, with her face “swollen”, her “hair wet”, in her “rebel pants” and without a bra under her shirt, for she knew that the look was provocative. The irony of this situation was that a raped girl had to worry about her look, as if the way she looked could give somebody a permission to rape her.Alice’s father was a busy man. He had a successful academic career and was to fond of Spanish literature to be truly involved in a family life. Even a status of father didn’t change the situation between him and his wife. The bitter irony was that “dogs and children were the same to him when he was working. ” They were just “small things that begged attention and needed to be put out.”8. Even though Lucky deals with a very sensitive subject, rape, Alice tells it in a very discordant and simple way. The mood of the book ranges from mostly empty (how Alice felt about the rape at the beginning) verses more hopeful (at the end, when she has recuperated). In “Lucky”, Sebold uses vivid imagery to imprint certain emotions and tone into the readers head, and to give deeper meanings to certain words and instances. For instance, throughout the book, Sebold treats the word “rape” very carefully, as if it were a bomb that could wreak havoc and ruin if released. “But I felt also that saying it was akin to an act of vandalism. As if I had thrown a bucket of blood out across the living room… The three of us sat there and watched it drip” (Sebold 68). Here it is treated as something bloody, which it can be, literally, and as something awful to look at, a stain. Just uttering the word that implies horrific violence and violation brings many conversations she has to a halt, and makes her feel as if she’s ruined something by the reactions it causes. But she also feels like she needs to say it, needs to acknowledge and talk about what happened to her, no matter how uncomfortable the subject makes people, so she can possibly start recovering.9.  The major theme expressed in the book Lucky by Alice Sebold is 10. ESSAY 1What experience has made you a stronger person in your life? In Lucky by Alice sebold the meaning of growth from personal experience is presented. Throughout the book sebold describes the rape and situation, that has made her a stronger person and the experience itself has affected herself along with her daily life and tasks. Alice writes a poem that is introduced in the book that is meant to be towards the rapist. This is an example of where Sebold has grown and created a strength in her personality as a whole. Sebold uses multiple rhetorical devices to to present this growth and situation including foreshadowing, imagery, and irony.Sebold introduces the rhetorical device of foreshadowing. From the very first few pages, detailing the rape, there is a great amount of foreshadowing about Alice’s character and how she will deal with the emotional shock of the event. For example, she is a very blunt and candid person, but also a person with a determined will to survive no matter the costs. “I can’t seem to get the idea that i could have been taken away like the last girl. Looking at the lost hair tie and dry blood beside me in the broken glass. i could’ve been killed that night” (Sebold 24)  This foreshadowing that alice involves in her writing made her realize that she is determined to realize she may just be lucky and that the experience can possibly make her stronger. Imagery is applied as well.. Alice recollected that her mother’s pillows when she was little “smelled like cherries”. It was not a usual natural cherry smell; rather, it was “a sickeningly sweet smell” and the most frightening thing was that her rapist had the same sickening “fruit” smell. She recognized that smell quickly, for this was the heady “smell of alcohol”. Her mother’s belongings and the rapist’s breath used to smell the same. The detailed description of sweet odor helps to create a snuff imagery of alcohol. These images in her mind that go back to the experience she had will always be in her mind but can be ones that she can use to grow from and remember and remind herself what made her become such a  strong woman. Irony is also revealed in the novel Lucky. When Alice’s mother called her husband to tell him that their younger daughter was raped, he was frightened and shocked. He just didn’t know what to do. All his life he took his children for granted and suddenly he realized how wrong he was. Later he said that he “had five shots of whiskey” and that he had “never been more sober”. The irony of this phrase indicated that the moment of realization was so overwhelming that even five shots of whiskey couldn’t deal with it.  Alice sebold ha grown and been a living a example of how certain experiences weather bad or good, can make you stronger and grow more as a person. Sebold uses many different rhetorical devices that put the story together of the experience that really came become of Alice Sebold’s life as a whole. Her life as a whole now is free from pain and sorrow, and is now a life she has made for herself and not a life based on what someone did that had hurt her and now sebold is a example of strength.     ESSAY 2″People’s minds are changed through observation and not through argument” – Will Rogers. No matter what kind of logic is shown and given, experience and observation is such a strong factor that it can’t change many. In any situation, logic can always be argued and proved wrong but when you are put in that certain situation or experience it with yourself in the real world: nothing can go against or alter it. The author experienced rape itself and fear, and no matter what people said or told her how to feel, nothing can beat what she had experienced.   What comes to mind is when i had lost someone. Everyone around you tells you that you will be okay, everything will be normal again eventually that life goes on and it will be something that had just happened. No, It’s not; The moment i had lost my grandpa i felt as if i lost a piece of me and my heart all moments shared with that person gone. I was not okay, life doesn’t just continue like nothing happened. People have so many opinions and arguments of how we feel things, but no one will ever really know or understand how you feel in situations but yourself. We all handle things differently and it’s all through our personal experience and observation.  Others argument and assumptions on how i were to feel didnt change what i really did feel and had to go through, it didn’t change the fact that i felt i had lost a piece of me that day. This is implied and presented throughout the whole book Lucky by Alice sebold. “Since then I’ve always thought that under rape in the dictionary it should tell the truth. It is not just forcible intercourse; rape means to inhabit and destroy everything.”    WORK CITED


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