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March 20, 2006

A Stroke Of Good Fortune

O'Connor, ''A Stroke of Good Fortune'' -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

I realized that I forgot to post a quote. I was too busy just writing haha.

"There was a pain in her stomach. It was a pain like a pieceof something pushing something else."

This story, in my opinion, was different from the previous O'Connor one's we have read. First of all, it wasn't as southern which I liked because I can't take too much of the southern way of talking haha.

Okay, this story seemed more straight forward compared to the others. It also wasn't as depressing, I must admit, that I did not out 2 and 2 together when it was mentioned earlier in the story about how she felt like something was inside her so she thought of cancer.

This story is strange, Ruby really seemed more content with the thought of having cancer than having a child. She kept saying how he brother was one of the reasons her mother began to die. It was because of her other children that have died that deadened her, Ironically, she had nothing to do with it!

The thing with the story is that it seems so simple: woman is very bad at judging, is scared of the doctors, and afraid of getting old.

Why is she so afraid of getting old? Usually people say,
"My kids keep me young and going."

Posted by OnileeSmith at March 20, 2006 05:54 PM


You make an excellent point about kids keeping you young. All in all, Ruby cannot see the good things in her life-instead of being thankful that her brother came home safely from war, she has nothing good to say about him, she is through with Pitman, and most of all, we all know how she feels about the baby. I had no idea she was pregnant until the end-I thought she had some horrible heart ailment illness and was going to die right there on the steps.

Posted by: Brenda Christeleit at March 21, 2006 08:43 AM

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