Tales From The Mekong Delta Essay

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Everything turns a beautiful blue. Sights, sounds, touch, and mind-sets are changed. Creativity flows freely from your mind to the hand to the pen and to the paper. This blue is "the blue that knows you and where you live and it's never going to forget"(107). The blue is the fix and excitement an addict gets from drugs. Addicts look for an escape. They feel that if they just have that hit they will enjoy life and its experiences to a fuller extent. In Kate Braverman's short story "Tall Tales From the Mekong Delta," she describes one woman's struggle with drugs and how she eventually turns back to them after being sober for so many years. Through examining the changing appearance of Lenny, her longing for escape from every day life, …show more content…
He pampers her with lavish stories and promises beyond his reach. It is all a temptation. He even makes her drink for the first time. She has slipped back into her old schedule, discarding the watch that kept her grounded and on time to her many meetings and functions. She gets upset with Lenny for coming to her house because now her addiction is following her home and effecting her daughter. When the daughter is first mentioned, the narrator tries to go to a different clinic and avoid Lenny, but she ends up going back anyway. It is evident that she can't leave her addiction behind. For her, everyday acts seem much more enjoyable when on drugs. She goes out of their way to experience something new and exciting. She is a creative writer and uses drugs as a way to get back to her child-like imaginative state. Suddenly, with the drugs back in her life, she seems to have much more insight and a wilder imagination. "And the afternoon was absinthe yellow and almond, burnt orange and chrysanthemum. And in the abstract sky, a litany of kites"(93). She longs to feel this way all of the time, but she knows the consequences. She sees doing drugs like going to a carnival. It is an escape from the boring life she is leading now. Even though she has a daughter, she still feels like there is something she is missing out on. The idea of motherhood takes backseat to her lust for drugs. Colors play a huge role in her life. "She didn't
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