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In Class Essay 1
Kassandra Krystal Bartlett
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October 2, 2012
In Class Essay
Dorthey Parker’s story, “A telephone Call” is a monologue of a very common situation; a young woman desperately awaiting the expected call from a man, who she is very much infatuated with. This woman is in constant battle with her contradicting thoughts, based around the man’s use of the word “darling”. The man refers to her as “darling” more than once, in which she attaches her expectations to. She attempts to rationalize through her expectations and standards; analyzing every single word he spoke to her and the stigma attached to them, as well as blaming her self-worth, with excuses for her “lover” and using god as a scape goat.
As woman, we have a certain expectation of the opposite sed. We enjoy to be treated as we are wanted and desired. This woman is going along with societies expectations and is avoiding caving in to her desire to break the silent code by making the phone call. “I know you shouldn’t keep telephoning them- I know they don’t like that. When you do that, they know you are thinking about them and wanting them, and that makes them hate you” (Parker, 217) This is a prime example of what women believe men desire in an intimate relationship. She reassures herself on multiple occasions that he makes the call because he addressed her as “Darling”, which must mean he has feelings for her. Another standard, if men address a woman by a pet name, he must be emotionally attracted to her. She convinces herself of this, that if he called her darling- more than once- then he shall be calling. “’I’ll call you at five darling.’ I think that’s...
Cited: Parker, Dorthey: “A Telephone Call”, Moving Beyond the Page: a Reader for Writing and Thinking. Oup Canada, 2012
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