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We Were the Mulvaneys

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We Were the Mulvaneys begins in the voice of the youngest member of the family, Judd Mulvaney, who serves as narrator intermittently throughout the novel.

Oates shows that Michael is a likely candidate for alcoholism even if the rape had not occurred and triggered his behavior. Over the long haul, however, alcohol is the thief that steals everything away from Michael Mulvaney Sr. Judd becomes an agile, broadly empathetic storyteller, entering the minds of his parents and siblings, sometimes even referring to himself in the third person. Such legitimating and disciplinary attributes of narrative have been connected to the unconscious of narrative, to oedipal sources.Marianne internalizes the blame for the rape, feeling that she is just as responsible as Zach Lundt was for what happened because she was drinking in his car. While her stories often seem raw, the extended enterprise of a novel affords her adequate space to filter emotional dilemmas through action and consequence.

I am ungenerously reminded of the apocryphal line about the similarly astylistic Dreiser: he had no talent, only genius. But the assault on Marianne separates the family from the socially acceptable world (and, not coincidentally, the animals, which stop being the media for Mulvaney communication immediately after the assault). who is now a civil engineer in Wilmington, Delaware, has a wife and two children, and they are expecting another. The area she describes is further east, toward the Finger Lakes Region, named after a series of narrow lakes that look a little like fingers flared out and stretching southward. After the rape of Marianne, the others stray from the family's optimistic outlook; they feel vulnerable, subject to the same hardships that befall others.After a car accident which he survives, but which does serious injury to his fiancée, who is riding with him, Mike Jr. Fortunately, Patrick gains some insight into the futility of revenge when he witnesses Lundt's near drowning.

in such a way that the family, as dysfunctional families do, wraps itself around his demons, leaving Corinne and the children time to find themselves only when he is gone. The fact that the Mulvaneys end up as functional adults in their separate lives is not a reversal of the events of the book, but a reasonable result of the growth process. According to NBC News, after meeting with Biden, Mulvaney became the target of a "vitriol campaign" by right-wing activists.As Corinne realizes later, when Michael takes up with his old drinking buddies again, the life that they built at High Point Farm (which constituted the "high point" in their marriage) may have "only postponed Wolf's Head Lake in their lives. Her family values rub off on her husband and children, but their hold on them is not as strong as Corinne's. It is a poignant moment, one that gives some closure to some family members, but it still leaves unanswered questions: Patrick is still missing after having abducted a man at gunpoint years earlier, and Marianne's relationship with Dr. After that, Marianne finds herself ostracized: first at school, where she is treated as though she is promiscuous, and at home, where her father is unable to come to grips with his own failure to protect her.

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