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  • Monday, July 04, 2005


    Okay while I have a few minutes to myself, I can blog about the short story "Ordeal". I didn't really care for this story. I found it rather boring therefore making it hard to read. Eventhough I didn't care for the plot of the story, personally I found the character of Dario to be a bit of a strong-willed, stubborn, brat. First he has this goal to be one of the soldiers, to live on the outside of the city, and to fight for survival to prove he is a man. But when he is unable to kill Andrew, he realizes that being a soldier may not be what he really wants anyway. He really just wants to live outside the city and be free from the people with the purple life fluid. He wants to be an individual and not "live" like the others, where everything is the same, no one fails no one owns anyting better than anyone else. No one has any fun or adventure, Dario wanted to join the soldiers for the sense of adventure they offered. My favorite part of this story was right at the end, the part where there were no more words left on the page.


    • At 7:35 PM, Blogger Lucy said…

      Ordeal was not one of my favorites in the course kit either but it does give us a glimpse into the world of a "star struck" boy who finally gets to meet his heroes. Dario comes from a world where everything is static. There is no change, everything is b-o-r-i-n-g to him. he is even startled when Andrew speaks to him because he rarely has the opportunity to hear anyone speak in the streets: "Dario jumped. City people seldom came into the streets, and if they did, they never spoke."

      Imagine being a sixteen-year-old boy and living in a world without joy and excitement. Of course he thought the seven warriors (seven deadly sins, a connection maybe?) were great. The warriors seemed to have a camaraderie, hitting and wrestling, and a common goal. These would all be attractive to Dario after the life he had led so far. Being with the warriors would be akin to running away from home to join the circus - dangerous, exciting, unpredictable, and of course, fun. But then . . . reality sets in and Dario begins to have his doubts: "Andrew, do you have to hurt to be alive?"

      This story does bring up a few things to think about. Even though it wasn't my favorite, it has made pause and ponder.


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