Essay about Blackberries in June

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Optimism is to Pessimism as Lazy is to Hard Work

“Blackberries in June” by Ron Rash, is about a couple, Matt and Jamie, who have a very pessimistic family, especially when it comes to the young couples accomplishments in life. What makes Jamie and Matt different from the other family members? They have a lot of determination, motivation, discipline, and are willing to make sacrifices necessary to get where they want to be in life. Throughout the story, the author gives a variety of examples of just how different these two characters are in particular. The three qualities that are the most different from the rest of the family are unlike them they are goal oriented, hard working, and make the necessary sacrifices. Matt and Jamie
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They have used those opportunities as stepping stones to get and stay ahead of the curve. As Matt points out when he says, “If we hadn’t seen Old Man Watson’s sign before the real-estate agents did, they’d have razed the house and sold the lot alone to some Floridian at twice what we paid” (Rash 242). The other family members generally only see their opportunities as luck, not as a product of determination and discipline. Jamie hears most of the banter from her sister in law who says absurd things like, “Linda says good luck follows us around like a dog that needs petting all the time. She thinks you and me getting this house is just one more piece of luck” (Rash 424). Even though life may have given the young couple a few breaks, it has not come without a hefty price of hard work and commitment to stay focused on their goals. Yet they are resented by the other members of their family instead of being encouraged to continue on pursuing their dreams. Jamie proves this point when she says, “But I get so tired of people acting resentful because we’re doing well. It even happens at the Café. Why can’t they all be like Charlton, just happy for us?” (Rash 243). Matt is very blunt and accurate in his response to her question: “Because it reminds them they’re too lazy and undisciplined to do it themselves” (Rash 243). He goes on to further prove his point in specific relation to his sister and brother in law. “Well, the next time she says that you tell her anybody with

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