Analysis of Lust, by Susan Minot Essay

665 Words3 Pages
"They turn casually to look at you, distracted, and get a mild distracted surprise, you're gone. Their blank look tells you that the girl they were fucking is not there anymore. You seem to have disappeared.(pg.263)" In Minot's story Lust you are play by play given the sequential events of a fifteen year old girls sex life. As portrayed by her thoughts after sex in this passage the girl is overly casual about the act of sex and years ahead of her time in her awareness of her actions. Minot's unique way of revealing to the reader the wild excursions done by this young promiscuous adolescent proves that she devalues the sacred act of sex. Furthermore, the manner in which the author illustrates to the reader these acts symbolizes the…show more content…
When a child is forced to make decisions alone at such a young age their innocence is robbed from them and their development is lead down a path which they are not yet ready for. Her actions are a classic example of this and the path which she was lead down was paved with boy after boy. Another factor in this was her role as a female. Her experience with her peers and her community lead her to believe that females were to be permissive to the dominant male figure. The society she lived in did not fully evolve towards the equality of men and women but was still following traditional roles. She thought that the worst thing that anybody could be was a cock-teaser and so if she flirted she felt that she had to be prepared to go through with it. She had such a lack of self confidence that her urge to say no to a male would not even be considered. The fact that going on birth control in her school was a joke and was compared to being given out like aspirin almost publicized the act of sex. Being aware and safe in a school should be a priority but in her young mind it acted as an invitation. The names Leo, Roger, Tim, Eben, Mack, Eddie, and Oliver were just names on her list. These boys were used by her and she was used by them and the outlet

More about Analysis of Lust, by Susan Minot Essay

Open Document