Reaction 9 - Rachel Schwarz 3 March 2011 Chestnut Season In...

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Rachel Schwarz 3 March 2011 “Chestnut Season” In “Chestnut Season”, a woman is slowed down by traffic and envisions her future self in reference to a neighboring white Ford truck. The woman appears to be in her mid twenties or thirties with curly highlighted chestnut hair, as suggested by the title. As the protagonist analyzes the rusty white Ford truck, she visualizes her future self as “haggard” with “multiple chins” and as wearing a “flannel nightshirt” (24). The protagonist places a great amount of emphasis on appearance and social acceptability. The speaker requires an engagement ring, a designer sweater, and bright new highlights for her life to be in her word “A-OK” (24). The protagonist’s issues with superficiality directly stem from her mother. The protagonist’s only remembrance presented about her mother ends with the protagonist calling her mother a bitch. The impression is given that the protagonist’s mother did not approve of her daughter’s ways in high school; as she labels her daughter as frivolous and ignorant. The protagonist is obviously in question of what should be deemed important or essential to her life.
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