Childbirth and Lily Delivering Lily

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Josh Wood
Professor Josh Wood
English Composition #3458 Friday 8:00 am – 11:50 am
September 6, 2012
Delivering Lily
Delivering Lily has got to be one of the toughest reads for a squeamish person. Author Phillip Lopate did not think twice to throw in every last disgusting detail of this story. Cleary Phillip Lopate lived through this experience because of the attention to detail in the story and the personal remarks he makes that show he experienced it first hand. This read left me wondering what it will be like the day I have to go in and see the birth of my first child.

While reading the story delivering Lily, It is easy to tell that the author went through this experience personally. He recalled minor details such as the room the birth was in, who was with them before the birth, and the doctors directions that he heard on the phone. He seemed very into the moment, even more than the wife did. Author Phillip Lopate seemed overly tense from the moment the story started while his wife acted unexpectedly calm especially since she was the one about to give birth. While the husband was rushing to get out of the house to head to the hospital was taking her sweet time making sure the mums got watered before they left. This added drama to the story and made it far more interesting to read. This calm demeanor later changed for the wife when the birth started happening and she realized that she needed more painkillers than she already had and felt the immense pain of child birth causing her to scream incredibly for more drugs.

The attitudes of both main characters in the story drastically change during the birth of Lily. The husband goes from frantic and excited to annoyed and stressed while the calm wife had quickly turned into and emotional rollercoaster with an evil witch riding it. This shows through their actions, the wife starts to demand a middle name for the baby immediately while the husband did not understand why they couldn’t wait until the whole...
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