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I think Language and

I think Language and Literature... was the first piece that we've read that actually gave a brief definition of a story. We have referenced this theme within the bigger picture of all of our discussions but have not read about it any of our readings and if at all then not very often. It's nice to read a story from the reading that ties into the bigger picture.

As interesting as I found the story about the girl drowning herself, I found the story to very odd. Why would the girl want to drown herself after she knew that her mom had "yashtoah" for her? I can understand that children are more vulnerable and often have suicidal thoughts in order to determine their worth. Did she have suicidal thougths before she wanted the Yashtoah and used the fact that she gathered snakes instead of wood as an excuse to commit suicide? If so, what were her real motives for commiting suicide since her mother wasn't able to stop her. Once her daughther jumped into the water, I was surprised that she didn't immediately jump into the water and make any further attempt at saving her daughter. A mother watching her daugher drown herself does not seem like a normal reaction. Maybe there's a certain understanding in their culture about suicide since she seemed more keen in grieving her daughter's death and scattering her daughter's belongings than trying to save her life.

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