12 November 2009
Hungry and Yearning for Something More
Hunger is not only defined as
a feeling experienced when one has a desire to eat,”
(Wikipedia.com) as people can he hungry for much more than food.
One can be hungry for
compassion, love, answers, friendship, happiness, belonging, and many other sensations that we
tend to experience on a daily basis.
Many times, one finds that they are hungry for something
they do not have and cannot easily obtain.
The feelings of hunger that one experiences for food
can easily be satisfied where gratification for wants and emotions may be harder to acquire.
Octavia Butler’s Fledgling
, Allen Ginsberg’s “A Supermarket in California,” and Toni
Morrison’s “Recitatif,” all portray main characters that are looking to satisfy their feelings of
hunger for love, family, a sense of belonging, and racism.
Amongst waking up in the middle of a dark gave, not being able to see, with a “hunger
[that] was violent [and] twisting inside,” (Butler 1) Shori Matthews wakes up in a cave starving
for fresh meat, blood, familiarity, and questions about her history, identity, memory, and home.
She finds herself amongst the jumbled puzzle pieces of her life that she must reconstruct on her
own, with no memory or recollection of anything that she experienced in the past.
wakes up, she experiences both physical hunger for food, and emotional hunger for answers.
She learns from her father that she is a unique form of an Ina vampire and her desire to obtain
Unlike the vampires that are portrayed by characters such as Dracula, Shori
is unique because she is half human, half Ina.
She has dark skin to protect her from the rays of