Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Relating to the Text...

The way the neighbourhood speculates on the fate and future of the Lisbon household irritates me to no avail.

"Suggestions of Satanism, or some mild form of black magic haunt Ms. Perl's calculations. She made much of the record burning incident, and often quoted rock lyrics that alluded to death or suicide" (Eugenides 228).
Everyone stands at their doors watching the Lisbon house, almost in a secret delight that fresh gossip and speculation can be found there daily, straight from the source. It almost sickens me the sick pleasure these people get from snarkily giving their adult opinions on a bunch of teenage girls and a household that has recently gone through tragedy that they can't even imagine. Human nature, of course, is to find blame in something, anything, to explain something that we can't understand or don't wish to understand. I can relate to this on a very personal level, in my own life. However, it also reminds me of another situation in which something was unfairly blamed for the unspeakable acts of a group of teenagers. The following is a quote from the Micheal Moore documentary Bowling For Columbine. This quote comes from an interview with Marilyn Manson, who is reacting to the shooting at Columbine High School, and his own persona being targeted for blame:

Michael Moore: If you were to talk directly to the kids at Columbine or the people in that community, what would you say to them if they were here right now?
Marilyn Manson: I wouldn't say a single word to them. I would listen to what they have to say, and that's what no one did. 

"The song certainly ties in nicely that a dark force beset the girls, some monolithic evil we weren't responsible for" (Eugenides 229)

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