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Category Archive for 'Short Story'

“Election Day”-Belle Boggs

I found it very interesting that Boggs decided to write this story as a continuation of sorts of her short story “Imperial Chrysanthemum” from earlier in Mattaponi Queen. I also liked how Boggs switched the point of view of this story (this story is told from Cutie’s point of view whereas “Imperial Chrysanthemum” is told from […]

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What I think is most interesting about this story is the portrayal of change. Since we’ve last seen the characters of Cutie and Loretta, little has changed between them. Cutie’s character is still as stubborn as ever, still set in her usual way of doing things; she is still hesitant to accept Loretta’s help, and […]

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I really liked the recurrence of “imperial chrysanthemum” throughout this piece. Not only is it an appropriately fitting title for this piece, it is also the main focus of this story (it is the distinctive pattern on Cutie’s antique and highly valuable silverware collection). The pattern and the silverware are referenced throughout this short story, […]

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I really enjoyed this story, and enjoyed seeing all the different personalities of each of the characters and the different ways in which they all interacted with one another, especially once we are able to see more into their backstories the further the story progresses. Cutie’s determination to find her beloved silver is especially interesting […]

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I found Kristin Valdez Quade’s “Mojave Rats” very interesting- the main character, Monica, in particular. Throughout the short story Monica makes many comments and has many thoughts about how much better she is than those around her; how much more sophisticated and of better breeding (only her, she never really goes into much detail about […]

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I really liked how this story included emotionally complicated/tough situations that many people in the real world go through and can relate to. For example, Ronnie (the main character in this story) must learn to cope with her husband, who is recovering from losing a limb in the line of duty. In addition, Ronnie struggles with being […]

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I really like this story and how the characters’ amount of life experience (and lack thereof) is demonstrated in the way they interact with one another. Jack, who is older, has a more realistic outlook on the future than the narrator, understanding that certain things, especially love, don’t last forever and don’t always turn out […]

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“Deer Season” by Belle Boggs

I personally liked this story because I felt like I could relate to it in a way because we go to an all-girls school. On this day every year all of the boys in the school, except certain boys, skip school and go hunting because it is the beginning of hunting season. The story’s narrator talks about […]

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Belle Boggs’ “Deer Season”

Boggs’ “Deer Season” was very interesting to read. I really enjoyed the shift of perspective throughout; to me it had a sense of stream of consciousness, but with more direction. The examination of a single point in time through the different lenses was both interesting and enlightening. The descriptions and narrative made me feel like I […]

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            I found the continual air of mystery in Kirstin Valdez Quade’s “Nemecia” very interesting. From the beginning to the end of this short story, its peculiarity never wavers. Throughout the story, we come to understand (or not) Nemecia through the main protagonist’s interactions with her and information surrounding her. As the protagonist and Nemecia grow, […]

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“Deer Season” by Belle Boggs

I adored Boggs’ use of point of view in this short story. I have never read anything where each paragraph is being written from a different character’s point of view, and I think that because this story was short, it worked beautifully and wasn’t overwhelming. By giving the perspectives of the people left behind on […]

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I really enjoyed reading this story because it really drew me in and pushed me to keep reading until the end. It had moments of darkness in it that caught my attention and left me wanting to know more. When the narrator wants to know the truth, the reader also wants to know the truth. The […]

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Belle Boggs’ “Deer Season”

I thought it was interesting how the author presented a few characters and gave insight to their perspectives. It felt strange for such a short story to have five different perspectives, but it was never confusing. They seemed to all talk about the absence or turmoil in a relationship. These feelings all came about because of […]

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I found Quade’s “Nemecia” extremely intriguing. As the reader, I loved how there was no certainty given (through the entire first half of the story) to clarify if Nemecia actually killed her mother and father. Having the reader go off of what Nemecia said (just like how Maria had believed her) adds suspense to the […]

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“Deer Season,” Belle Boggs

I really liked how Boggs used point of view throughout “Deer Season.” The point of view changes at the beginning of each new paragraph and is an interesting way to not only move the plot along but also to provide some insight into the thoughts and feelings of some of the people at the school in […]

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I found “Nemecia” very frustrating at first—the older girl bullying her younger cousin in such quiet, unnoticed ways and Maria never defending herself—but also intriguing in the fictional, yet supremely personal and complex bad blood relationship presented. There are moments in the story, especially in the beginning (Maria’s telling of how Nemecia permanently disfigured her […]

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What I found most interesting about this story is the portrayal of liberation and how it relates to the boys in the story. The absent young men in the story are described as being very overbearing, constantly bullying the rest of the characters into conformity and submission–including the students in Mrs. Hayes’s art class. Art […]

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Belle Boggs, “Deer Season”

I thought it was really interesting how despite “Deer Season” being such a short story, there were a number of perspectives depicted that were all detailed.  I was able to get a sense of who each person sort of was relative to this very specific moment in time, although it was made more clear for some characters rather than others, […]

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