Analysis Of The Book ' Bastard Out Of Carolina ' By Dorothy Allison

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Taking Out the Trash Socioeconomic status in conjunction with the lack of a nuclear family can influence the use of stereotypes and feelings of shame throughout American literature. In the novel, Bastard Out of Carolina, by Dorothy Allison, the feeling of shame and the identification as “trash” are noted within Bone’s family. Critics J. Brooks Bouson and Natalie Carter argue that these feelings were created by Bone’s mother, Anney, and passed down to Bone. Both would argue that the feelings of shame surrounding the term “bastard” that is felt by Bone and Anney was created due to a stereotype that the family must face. Both critics believe that Allison was like many other Americans, who felt negatively toward the less fortunate, or the “white trash” as a result of her past. Bouson would also argue that these negative feelings toward “trash” is a response to abuse that Allison faced and her experiences she dealt with while growing up, including feelings of shame and embarrassment. Bone, born Ruth Anne Boatwright, was born when her mother was fifteen. In an essay written by Dorothy Allison about her personal life, she explains that she too was born when her mother was fifteen years old (“A Question of Class”). As a result, her personal life influenced the writing of Bone’s life. Her mother was seemingly “absent” from her birth due to a car accident that left her unconscious. When discussing the origin of her name, Bone stated that “My mama didn’t have much to say about it,…
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