List For Lust

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List For Lust


"A List of Lust"



"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 likeness of a list. Whether it's a list of things to do on the
weekend or perhaps items of groceries which need to be picked up, her lust for each one of
the boys in the story is about as well thought out and meaningful as each item which has
carelessly and spontaneously been thrown on to a sheet of paper as is done in making a
list. This symbolistic writing style is used to show how meaningless these relationships
were but the deeper meaning of why she acted the way she did is revealed throughout the
story. Minot cleverly displayed these catalysts in between the listings of her
relationships.
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