Susan Griffin's A Chorus of Stones Essay

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Through war and gender, Susan Griffin interplays between private tribulation and public tragedy. The excerpt, ‘Our Secret’, from her book,‘A Chorus of Stones’, helps to set information about the first atomic bombs. Griffin alternates between the information of the first atomic bombs and the struggles in the personal lives of regular people and major figures, such as, Heinrich Himmler and her own family. While reading ‘Our Secret’, the lessons of reading, writing, and thinking are iterated throughout the work. The structure and features of her work are foreign to many such as myself, because the use of this method has not been seen before. When many read ‘Our Secret’, it is the first time that they are encountering this type of writing …show more content…
As Griffin says, “the telling and hearing of a story is not a simple act.” (Griffin 298). Through her work we can see that that is true. Re-reading the two portions allowed the gathering of new information about the text which may have been noticed in the first instance. By adopting this method of writing in schools, students will have acquired a more effective, refined method of reading, writing, and thinking---critical thinking. Writing through this method, like Susan Griffin's, demonstrates to the student how to use unseemly comparison drawing paradoxical connections in their work. Although possibly true, they may be contradictory statements. Using her method of writing, the alternations between the main story you are trying to tell and the sections that are not easily related to the text (like Griffin’s italicized sections), may at times be vexing. If distinctions are made early on and terms are defined and clarified there really is little at stake in adopting Griffin’s method in the classroom. They show the reader unseemly comparisons, and how they can be connected. She makes connections between cells, the atomic bombs, and humans. Also, connections are shown through the text by her comparing past and present, public life and private life, an individual life and the lives of others. Throughout the book Susan Griffin draws

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