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Response to The Whores Child Everyone lives in a world that is created within his or her brain What we hear and what we see is different for every person we give meaning to our perception and change it to make it fit to what we expect and what we need to survive Often we lie to ourselves and do not see the simple facts of something that happened in order to go on The Whores Child by Richard Russo is a very realistic piece that uses different literary elements of short stories to introduce us to sister Ursula an aging nun who through a college writing class discovers the lie she had been telling herself over a lifetime and also helps her professor discover some truth about his own life Ursula is the child of a prostitute and a pimp When she was young she was sent away to convent school full of nuns where she was abused and mistreated because of her background After her mother dies she joins the deity and grows up to become one of the nuns she hated so much Using narration and character The Whores Child ironically shows how the characters live lies and that a third persons opinion is often needed in order to connect the dots The narrator in this story is a first person observant narrator who we get to know as we go along the story He is a college professor who teaches a writing class and has written and published at least two books He is popular among students has a wife and children who do not live with him anymore and he has a mistress who probably caused the wife to leave In The Whores Child this type of narration is used in order to limit the amount of information we get about Ursula All that we learn about the nuns past is through what we read from her stories through the
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