English 102: T&R-8:00 a.m.
7 September 2010
In the short story “Lust” by Susan Minot , I have concluded that the title of this short story in fact clarifies just that. The story unlocks our minds to what lust means to a person, how it makes you feel, and how it can damage your heart and soul. The story gives us vivid details of sexual desires, loveless relationships, promiscuity, personal freedoms, and experiences. It shows us that we as humans are vulnerable to lust and how we view people of the opposite sex. An individual can define lust as, “self-indulgent sexual desire or a strong physical attraction to other individuals” (Advanced English Dictionary).
The story is more than likely set in the late 1960’s or early 1970’s during the time parents sent away their daughters to all girl boarding schools in hopes to keep them pure and innocent.
In fact, however, boarding schools during these times were more than likely unsupervised at peak times and indeed allowed these young woman to gain experience with the opposite sex. The narrator that Minot portrays to us is that of a mere fifteen year old woman sent away to a boarding school by her parents who have absolutely no idea what is going on with their daughter. The young woman begins to have one sexual escapade after another, while taking the time to name off everyone of her suitors that has conquered her in some way or another. However, the young woman is careful to remain anonymous for fear of probably being judged by her counterparts, but is quick to think that maybe she can still remain innocent by staying protected. A part of the story that really through me for a loop is when the narrator is thinking of her mother.
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The narrator mentions that most girls took the pill as does she, but what she says next, really makes me think. She says, “I kept the dial in my top drawer like my mother and thought of her each time I tipped out the yellow tablet in the morning before Chapel” (351).
With this being said I began to wonder if the young woman was in fact trying to convince herself that if she took the pill before church she could in fact remain an innocent schoolgirl. However, I believe that if she felt innocent she could erase all the hurt, abuse, and feelings of being used instead of being loved for herself. Throughout the short story I found a quotation that helped me to unwrap and unfold the story as a whole and hopefully help the person reading this really understand what the story portrays.
“Lots of boys, but never two at the same time. One was plenty to keep you in a state. You’d start to see a boy and something would rush over you like a fast storm cloud and you couldn’t possibly think of anyone else. Boys took it differently. Their eyes perked up at any little number that walked by. You’d act like you weren’t noticing” (351).
From this specific quotation I was able to pull out a lot about the story.
To begin with the young woman obviously feels it is necessary to date just one boy at a time but lots of boys. Throughout the story I counted more than nine different boys that she either dated, fooled around with or slept with. While fulfilling her desires with these boys she began to experience feelings of lust, desire, loneliness, and the feeling that she couldn’t think of nobody else but them. As she would move onto a different boy it was a way for her to escape the fear of possibly being alone. For the boys it was different because they didn’t think they way she did.
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A boy was about conquering many girls and making himself irresistible to other girls. The young woman was looking to open her heart and maybe feel love in return. Instead she said it didn’t bother her that the boys would look at any girl that walked by, but it in fact tore her up inside. She felt compelled to open herself to all these boys but got nothing in return but the feeling of being used and left helpless by each one of these boys. In conclusion the young woman experienced personal freedoms and experimented with the opposite sex, but the one thing she learned the most with these boys was that it was easier for her to open her legs instead of her heart for fear of being turned down.