Relationship Between Li ' L Bit And Uncle Peck

1691 Words Oct 19th, 2016 7 Pages
Paula Vogel has said that she likes to focus on what makes people uncomfortable (Vogel), and she did just that when she wrote How I Learned to Drive. How I Learned to Drive is a play that follows the relationship between Li’l Bit and her Uncle Peck from her childhood to her adult life. Li’l Bit is of a minor age for the majority of the play, so the relationship between them is not legal. However, Vogel manages to blur the lines of what is right and wrong over the course of the play. At some points, the reader can feel pity for Uncle Peck and see him as a role model and father-figure to Li’l Bit, who he sometimes considers a son since he does not have any children of his own. At other times, the reader can put some blame onto Li’l Bit by arguing that she is flirting with and seducing Uncle Peck intentionally. Despite this, Li’l Bit and Uncle Peck’s relationship follows a typical victim/perpetrator dynamic, where Li’l Bit is sexually assaulted by a person she knows, which causes the abusive relationship to prolong, and Li’l Bit places more blame on herself than on Uncle Peck for his actions.
The first time Li’l Bit is sexually assaulted by her uncle is when she is eleven years old; under the guise of teaching her how to drive, he violates her. Growing up fatherless, this is a man who, in the future, teaches her how to drive and supports her dreams of achieving better things in life. “Over a seven year period Li’l Bit and Uncle Peck develop a sick, but close and needy…
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