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    Lusus Naturae Short Story

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    Many times, through our journey in life, we become impacted by something that we’ve either seen, heard, or maybe read that left a memorable imprint in our minds. Sometimes this could even be a reality check or a life learned lesson for us to do better. If I were to decide which two stories that I believe for most had a memorable impact to their life, I would say “New Boy” by Roddy Doley and “Lusus Naturae” by Margaret Atwood. Both stories share a powerful meaning behind them and deal with similar conflicts that we should learn from.. In the story written by Roddy Doley called “New Boy,” Doley shares a very realistic story about a refuge’s first day in class, named Joseph. While reading his story, at first you begin to wonder, what a strange…

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    A major theme in short stories is isolation. In “Lusus Naturae” by Margaret Atwood and “Recitatif” by Toni Morrison illustrates the theme of physical isolation. Robert Carver shows the narrators isolation is self-inflected in the story “Cathedral”. Self-inflected isolation is also displayed in “Lusus Naturae”. The narrator of the story “Lusus Naturae” had the disease Porphyria causing visible signs that resemble a monster appearance. She also explained that her father once held her in his…

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    The feelings of emptiness and hopelessness are factors in which may influence an individual’s decision to commit suicide to put an end to their insufferable emotions. It is not normal for one to seek for death if there is not an ulterior motive that had triggered them to do so. Margret Atwood’s short story “Lusus Naturae” is written in a first person point of view, in which the setting of the story is during the mid 1800s when modern medicine and faith clashed between one another. Atwood had…

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    Margaret Atwood's "Lusus Naturae" is a story about a young girl who is diagnosed with porphyria. Porphyria is a group of diseases in which substance called porphyrins build up affecting the skin or nervous system. This in turn causes abdominal pain, chest pain, vomiting, and many more symptoms. This also causes severe disfiguration in the skin all over the body. In the story the girl suffers many mental and physical ailments because of the verbal abuse from her family and also from the villages…

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    Character Analysis of Lusus Naturae The short story of Lusus Naturae is about a young girl who has been struck by a life-altering disease. Lusus was only seven-years-old when she became ill with the measles and shortly after her life turned upside down. This young lady was appeared to be strong, beautiful, and wanted by others until she had become diseased. Lusus was a very loyal girl who always put others above her own needs or wants. Lusus was described to have, “yellow eyes, pink teeth,…

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    In the story Lusus Naturae, it is believed that the most effective style elements utilized by the author are the story’s linear timeline, its somber tone/ mood, and its descriptive imagery in the form of literal/ figurative descriptions. These three style elements used by the author allow the reader to stay invested in the story, leaving them constantly The first effective style element used is the linear timeline in Lusus Naturae. This style element allows the reader to comprehend the changes…

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    Gloria Steinem once stated that “Being misunderstood by people whose opinions you value is absolutely the most painful.” Society can be a cruel place to live for those who do not fit the mold. This mold excludes deformity and so called strange or abnormal behavior. But this cruel treatment does not exclude people who cannot control certain aspects of themselves. Margret Atwood’s “Lusus Naturae” portrays humanity as cruel and harsh to those thought of as monsters or unworthy people who cannot…

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    There is a thin line between normal and abnormal. Normality is completely relative to the society in which one exists. Each culture has its own definition of average and each person is expected to live up to that definition. When someone does not meet that expectation, they are often ostracized from the group and labeled an outcast, or even a monster. Although the “monster” itself faces many struggles throughout life, the family of the “monster” is often left conflicted between fitting in with…

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    Betrayal: “Lusus Naturae” and “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves” Betrayal is a violation of trust which creates conflict within a relationship. Margaret Atwood’s “Lusus Naturae” calls attention to a protagonist, who understands and copes with a disease which turns her into a ‘monster,’ and who forfeits her own life for the sake of her family. Similarly, in Karen Russell’s “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves,” the theme of betrayal is present when Claudette realizes her desire…

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    In a recent study published in the UPI Health News, transgender adults were found to be twenty two times more likely to commit suicide than the general population. These individuals struggle with the hardship of being different than what is considered “normal”. In Lusus Naturae, a girl also faces the problem of being different from the community. In The Lost Children of Taum, Dan Barry exposes the treatment of families of wedlock. In Know Thyself, Bence Nanay explains the constant struggle of…

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