April 06, 2005

The Best Girlfriend You Never Had

Jerz: Am Lit II (EL 267): Houston, ''The Best Girlfriend You Never Had''

One of the more interesting lines from this story was this one "I could tell you the lie I told myself with Gordon. That anybody is better than nobody. And you will know exactly why i stayed in the back of that Pathfinder, unless you are lucky and then you will not."

The reason I think this is interesting is because the author is commenting on the fact that so many people in our world feel this way especially women. So many people stay in relationships that suck because they figure that its better than no relationship at all. All of this starts in childhood, I believe. It is obvious that Lucy's problems with relationships were a result of her messed up family situation. It seems that so many families are broken and people do not learn how to have normal relationships because their parents do not have normal relationships etc. Its a vicious cycle. But basically she is saying in that line that somebody like her with the mentality of "a bad relationship is better than none at all" can rationalize why she stayed in the Pathfinder even though it was not her fault that the surfer held the door open for her and she let him make her believe she was to blame for something. Somebody who has more respect for themself and has in their mind an idea about what is right and wrong in a relationship will absolutely not buy the lie and not understand why she would stay. I feel when I blog about these stories I am constantly being a shrink for the characters. Anyway my agenda item:

What do you think? Can you understand why she stayed in the Pathfinder or not?

Posted by MaryAnderson at April 6, 2005 09:14 PM | TrackBack

Yes, I understand why she stayed in the Pathfinder, I think that it goes back to the your original line which you pulled from the text. Not staying in the pathfinder would leave her with NOBODY, which as Lucy tells us, and popular culture, that's a NO... NO.

Posted by: KristenZappalla at April 7, 2005 04:46 PM

Mary, maybe a way to step away from the typical character analysis is to think about repetitive themes in literature. What did you find that was common in all the stories that we read? How do you feel that symbolism was played out? What larger issues do you see at work here, for instance, racism, materialism, and the like. Just a different view point, but that's what works to make literature a little more interesting.

Posted by: Neha at April 8, 2005 11:26 AM
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