Lust Susan Minot

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Are women only good for one thing, sex? The short story “Lust” by Susan Minot, is a series of short vignettes that describe the main character's mischievous adventures with boys. The story starts off with short telling of encounters between the promiscuous character with boys but later transitions into a confused adolescent who sees that maybe boys are not everything to life. The author creates and develops the main character differently than many authors do. The protagonist is not developed by depicting a physical appearance, but is developed partially through her relationship with other characters, and is predominately created by her own feelings and actions. The narrator who is also the main character is not identified, but is nameless and faceless, and the author uses this to build the character. Using all of these, the…show more content…
She is at his place and once they are about to have sex, he gets up and when he returns she is merely, "a body waiting in the rug" (Minot 1). At this point in the story, which is early on, the girl is no longer seen as an individual but more of a sex object, just a body waiting to do what is expected of her. But more so, what society at that time expects a girl to do. The story is written at a time when women were beginning to let loose and experiment with their sexuality. There were affairs going on and no form of commitment between a partner. Although the narrator is just a teenage girl, she is doing just that; going from partner to partner with no sense of regret or realization that in the end she is going to be left feeling all alone. This can be seen in the short story “Sexy” by Jhumpa Lahiri. The character Miranda starts an affair with a married, Indian man, Dev. She does not seem to understand the implications of her actions because she feels wild and protected by having this foreign stranger want to be a part of her

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