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Young Bloods

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Recall watching Disney or Pixar films while you were little: ok, got that? What do you think of?

You either see yourself sitting on the floor, the couch, or in your mother/father’s lap being so naive to what is going on. You are focused on the colorful images, or the noises different characters are making. You are not too focused or aware of the language that the characters are using, or at least that is what I envision.

Whenever I watch Disney or Pixar movies, or even Nickelodeon shows now, I think of how adult the shows actually are. They may have language that is obviously pointing at something sexual, or some kind of social issue that was happening in the past. You know, whenever you watch things now and think of how you did not pick up on any of that because you were a kid.. Well, this is how I am reading Silver Sparrow. As I read the perspective from Dana and the perspective from Chaurisse, this keeps flashing back in my mind; how I watched Disney now, versus then. Although, these girls (the narrators) are a lot more knowledgeable than I was as a child, but they were probably more grown up than I was, more mature (maybe). They were probably around a lot more of adults than I was as a child because I never wanted to be around the adults like these girls do.

That is why I am so fascinated by these two. They are so smart for their age, the way that they are able to interpret things; or are they interpreting at all? Are they just spitting out words that they are being told? For instance when Chaurisse is listening to her mother talk about the affair George is having, cheating on his wife Gracie. I am just so surprised that these girls are being told things like this, much less HOW they interpret the different things that they are told. These narrators interest me, because they are young bloods! They have such virgin ears, but not with their mothers around. Kids pick up on so much, obviously, otherwise we would not have a story like this. I think that is another thing that Jones is doing, portraying the story through these young bloods eyes and ears rather than the adults.

I do not know why, but this is very interesting to me!

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One thought on “Young Bloods

  1. I think you bring up a good question. Both Dana and Chaurisse are exposed to decidedly adult issues and conversations very young because of their mothers: Dana because she is an unrecognized child and grows up knowing intimately about infidelity and secret-keeping, and Chaurisse because she works with her mother in a beauty shop and hears the things that the women confess to her mom. I’m not sure if it affects them the same way. Whereas Dana seems to be rather worldly for her age and comfortable knowing what she does, Chaurisse almost (to me) gives off the impression that she doesn’t think too deeply about these instances except to relate them to her mother’s job. If nothing else, Chaurisse seems to not know what to think of these things or if she should think about them.
    Interesting thing to bring up.

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