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How did Red's bucket list shape her as a character? Do you have a bucket list? If so, what are some of the items on your list?

Created: 04/20/23

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davinamw

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How did Red's bucket list shape her as a character? Do you have a bucket list? If so, what are some of the items on your list?

Red has quite a bucket list. How did that list shape her as a character? Do you have a bucket list? If so, what are some of the items on your list?


Posted Apr. 21, 2023 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
gloriam

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RE: How did Red's bucket list shape...

Red's bucket list was extensive and would be ambitious for anyone in those times, but especially for a woman. Her desire to meet several strong, independent women was indicative of her thirst to break the mold and expectations of society. She wanted to travel and learn another language and get her photographs published in a major magazine. Given the many obstacles in her path, her yearnings fueled her actions and decisions, sometimes taking desperate measures to fulfill what she saw as her destiny. I also have a bucket list, and luckily it was not very long and I fulfilled all but one item. I travelled everywhere I wanted to visit, I have my first grandchild (though of course, I will happily welcome lots more!) and the only thing left is to get at least one of my novels published.


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beckys

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RE: How did Red's bucket list shape...

Red had a lofty bucket list considering the times she was living in and the fact that she was a female. But I think it is great to always have high aspirations, even if you dont fulfill all of your dreams. I don't have a bucket list, per se, but do have things that I would like to complete while I'm still here.


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taking.mytime

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RE: How did Red's bucket list shape...

A Bucket List - another saying for things I hope to accomplish in life - should be full of everything possible you want to do and maybe a few things that seems impossible. This is a list that is used to keep your hopes alive. To give you something to dream of. A goal to strive towards. Being a very independent woman myself I do not see Red's Bucket List as being too ambitious - even in her day and age. If anything Red's Bucket List needed to be over reaching to compensate for her health condition. At my age now I have completed everything I had on my Bucket list with the exception of a just a few very small personal private goals, which I will keep to myself.


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Galatea

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RE: How did Red's bucket list shape...

Red’s “Things I’m Doing Before I Die” is more than a bucket list to check off when an item is completed. It’s a list of her aspirations and desires for her life. She wants to be like the women she has listed to meet. Each is clearly an idol in her life. The photos she wants to see in Life Magazine are proof of the life she wants to live as a photographer. Even “touching a giraffes” is more about the communion she wants with the exotic and different. She does a whole lot more with the giraffes than just touch them.


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acstrine

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RE: How did Red's bucket list shape...

I think that Red knew her time was limited given her heart condition, and she was willing to take certain risks to make sure she accomplished the goals she had set for herself. She “stole” the car and risked her reputation because she didn’t want to waste a moment of the time she had left. One thing I really liked about her list was that in addition to meeting her role models and taking trips, it was also important for her to let Woody know how much she appreciated having him in her life.

I do not have a bucket list per say. I can be a little obsessive and given my personality, I think it is better for me to live in the moment. Otherwise, I would spend a lot of energy looking forward instead of appreciating what is right in front of me.


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ruthiea

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RE: How did Red's bucket list shape...

I think Red’s bucket list was a means of showing us her personality, how her dreams butted up against the fact that as a woman she probably could not achieve them all. It was a way of showing how different things were for women then, and how far we have come, and what we could lose if we don’t fight for equality and progress.


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reene

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RE: How did Red's bucket list shape...

Red knew that her time was limited, and that is a hard ting for a young woman to live with. She was wise beyond her years and knew she had to set down the things she most wanted to accomplish in her life. This was not easy in the era and considering she was a woman, but it made her a strong woman. That saddest thing in the novel, for me, was the lose of her camera, and films. But she kept going. The birth of her daughter was her greatest accomplishment.


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acstrine

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RE: How did Red's bucket list shape...

reene, the loss of Red’s camera was huge! It changed the course of her journey completely! The camera and Red’s bucket list were so tied together in a way. The loss of the camera was really a loss of so much more!


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Patricia Ann

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RE: How did Red's bucket list shape...

I think Red’s bucket list at such a young age was partly a result of her heart condition and the possibility of a short life. I think she wanted to have more control over her life than many women did at this time. I’m sure that many women dreamed of more possibilities for their life, but Red was determined to work to make her dreams happen. She had identified women role models and saw that more was possible.


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BuffaloGirl

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RE: How did Red's bucket list shape...

Her bucket list was ambitious and I think kept her going. It also made her a very unusual woman for the time she lived in. She chose to define her life rather than let others; i.e. her husband, define it as most women did.


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