Panic gives the reader a sudden feeling of urgency, wich is just what the author was trying to do. By using panic you gain a better understanding of what Alice's mother thinks of her "flaps," which is that they are terriffying and uncontrolable.
Alice's mother is a recovering alcoholic, causing her mom to often have panic attacks or flaps. By calling the attacks flaps and not panic attacks the author shows the reader that the family is very hush hush, and does not like to air their dirty laundry in public.
- Old Maid (67)
The author uses the term old maid becuase the word is much more frightening than say, single elderly woman. This gives both the reader and Alice a sense of urgency to become married, becuase being old and single is horrible.
- Violence (68)
Violence is used as a general term which connects Alice to people with similar emotions. This makes the reader realize that anyone affected by violence is subject to some sort of life change.
-Damaged Goods (69)
When the authors referes to herself feeling like damaged goods it creates sympathy from the reader to the author, and allows you to some what be able to relate to the author in another way.
The author uses the word pretty to describe her sister because it gives you a mental picture of a nice, cute, and friendly girl, which describes her sister very well. Had the author used beautiful the reader would have thought more on the lines of unique instead of plain Jane pretty, which is not what the author would want.
This word tells the reader that Tom's mother telling him she was raped as a girl was a very big thing for her to tell him.
When Alice's parents refer to their church priest as a fat man waiting to die of a heart attack it shows the reader a more judgmental side of the Sebold family that has not yet been shown in the book.
Alice refers to her mother face as having large pits in it. This gives the reader a visual of her mother having acne scars which has not yet been described in the book, and helps the reader create a better mental picture.
Alice's mother says,"Your father doesn't know the meaning of affection." This once again tells the reader that the family is somewhat strange and dysfunctional.
This section mainly told the reader of Alice's weird family and what kind of childhood she had. It also touches on her recovery at home.
At the beginning of the section Alice talks about how she only has one memory of her parents being affectionate, which was a time when Alice yelled Dad kiss mom! Her father then kissed her mother but awkwardly and on her forehead.
Alice also talks about how her childhood was very lonely and what she would do as a child to try to get some attention, including making her dogs run wildly around the house or try to get her mother to touch her in an affectionate way.
Towards the end of the section Alice talks about what happens when she comes home. Alice's priest makes an announcement of what happened to her at church and she is visited by a wide variety of people from church.
I thought that this section was a little on the boring side. Although it is interesting to hear about Alice's strange childhood, it's not what I expected the "recovery" section of the book would be like. I thought she would go to meetings or seek guidance but instead the section mainly talks about her internal struggle in dealing with the rape, not so much external. I hope that in the next section I read that there will be a bit more action.