Thursday, October 28, 2004

Response to "The Shadow Knows"

Wow. This was a really powerful story. Because the author chose to delay some of the facts until later in the story, the sense of panic and confusion is well metered. Lowry weaves details of both interviews into a pattern of facts about the county that keeps the reader involved in the story. Because the information from the interviews conflict with each other it helps of escalate the feeling of confusion and disorientation.

It made me really angry that the townspeople had a really good idea what was going on an did nothing about it. It is ultimately the fault of Lonnie for what he did, but the fact that Social Services didn't take the children away at a earlier time is unacceptable. There is a social responsibility of the community to hold its members to code of conduct instead of turning of the TV and ignoring what they hear and see.

Lowry's writing is powerful and very controlled. It is a good example of how you can take a factual story and weave different elements that help the reader get a sense of where you are and whats going on. I only hope my essay is this engaging and creative.


At October 28, 2004 at 10:32 AM, Blogger B. Roche said...

I completely agree with on the feelings the the townspeople and specifically social services should have done something about the abuse. The entire town knew about it and yet did nothing. I think that the people who knew about the abuse not doing anything is the biggest crime that occured in this piece.

At October 28, 2004 at 10:34 AM, Blogger dcolley said...

I agree that the Social Services should have done something with the kids a long time ago. Also the people that knew what was going on should have done something about it but they didn't. Very powerful story with chilling facts that went on. Good Post!

At October 28, 2004 at 10:37 AM, Blogger H-Leigh said...

When the neighbor told Lowry about "turning up the tv" to drown out the screams, it really bothered me. I can't imagine hearing someone screaming and not doing anything about it. I'm sure she was scared of Lonnie, and she knew the police would not do anything about it. But their were children involved. Something should have been done to help those children.

At October 28, 2004 at 10:57 AM, Blogger sowrite said...

From the blogs I have read so far, most are in agreement that Social Services, etc. did not do enough. I think Lowry ampliphied this fact through her presentation of the story. She put a spotlight on their lack of action by not actually coming right out and saying, "Social Services and the police were incredibly negligent." Once again, it is implied over and over again as we listen to family and neighbors discuss the case. I think that is why Lowry's "writing is powerful and very controlled." She restrains from calling Lonnie the disgusting freak that he truly was...she lets the readers reach that conclusion easily.

At October 28, 2004 at 11:40 AM, Blogger funwithwords said...

I think you have made a great point. Too often society turns the blind eye towards these cases. Lowery brings these kinds of hidden problems to light. People donotwant to get involved because of fear, or just don't care. These storiesoften happen right under our noses, and for the most part go unreported related to the embrassement of those who let it occur.

At October 28, 2004 at 1:44 PM, Blogger F. Mitchell said...

When we read a piece as powerful as this, it's normal, as The Third Rail notes, to wonder if we can achieve the same depth and breadth when we pursue a similar topic. I think as we read through various postings and responses we'll get a good sense of how we can achieve enough--enough for what we're doing. One plus, perhaps, will be that the stories we write about will be somewhat less complicated, given the time constraints of the assignment. But the advice will hold, and Lowry's model will help us to aspire.


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