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Why do you think Wavy can overlook egregious acts such as those of Kellen and Liam? How do you, as a reader, feel about this paradox?

Created: 09/10/17

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davinamw

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Why do you think Wavy can overlook egregious acts such as those of Kellen and Liam? How do you, as a reader, feel about this paradox?

Wavy knows Kellen has killed people and assists Liam in his drug dealing, and yet she considers him a good man. Why do you think she can overlook such egregious acts? How do you, as a reader, feel about this paradox?


Posted Sep. 30, 2017 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Carol Rainer

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RE: Why do you think Wavy can overlook egregious acts such as those of Kellen and Liam? How do you, as a reader, feel about this paradox?

Because of the way she was brought up not being taught what was right or wrong. When she loved someone, they, in her mind, could do no wrong.


Posted Oct. 02, 2017 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
jenniferj

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RE: Why do you think Wavy can overlook egregious acts such as those of Kellen and Liam? How do you, as a reader, feel about this paradox?

She overlooks them because she has spent her entire life around them and doesn't know anything different. We can teach our children nutrition at school, but if they grow up eating fast food with their family for every meal, they think that is an acceptable way to eat. Plus, a child does not have control over their environment in that manner. An adult can choose to live elsewhere or find other friends. A child has to survive where they are planted.


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ScribblingScribe

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RE: Why do you think Wavy can overlook egregious acts such as those of Kellen and Liam? How do you, as a reader, feel about this paradox?

I don't know that she overlooks them so much as she was immune to them. She wasn't raised to believe that violence or drugs were bad. They just were. That was her life and how her family and friends lived. She was a bright girl, so she must have known it was illegal, but she probably thought that it was necessary or at least that Liam and Kellen thought it was. She was smart enough to stay away from Liam though.


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tswaine

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RE: Why do you think Wavy can overlook egregious acts such as those of Kellen and Liam? How do you, as a reader, feel about this paradox?

I think Wavy overlooks everything that Kellen and Liam do because she thinks that is the way of life. She wasn't brought up to know that these things are bad. She loved both of them so she overlooked everything they did.


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lorris

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RE: Why do you think Wavy can overlook egregious acts such as those of Kellen and Liam? How do you, as a reader, feel about this paradox?

Wavy doesn't overlook them. She witnesses them and processes them according to what she knows about the world and that knowledge begins and ends with her family and the culture they have created around her. On the fringes of society things mainstream society sees as egregious acts are just the things you need to do to survive in that world. Are there choices to be made about the kind of life you are leading? Sure. But once you decide to lead that life, you have to live by those rules. Wavy was not in a position to choose that life, but he was still a part of it, a witness to it. Wavy understands the world that she lives in, and reacts accordingly.


Posted Oct. 07, 2017 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
celiap

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RE: Why do you think Wavy can overlook egregious acts such as those of Kellen and Liam? How do you, as a reader, feel about this paradox?

I agree with other's answers. This is what she knows and understands. She has not been taught anything different. In fact, it is ironic that what she has been taught to think as wrong (and dirty)... eating, talking, touching th ... are not wrong at all.


Posted Oct. 09, 2017 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
andreab

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RE: Why do you think Wavy can overlook egregious acts such as those of Kellen and Liam? How do you, as a reader, feel about this paradox?

I don't know how much Wavy overlooked Liam's acts. I think she just numbed herself to them. He was so dismissive of her existence that Wavy seemed to ignore him as self-protection.

As for Kellen, she did what we all do - she overlooked or explained away the acts of someone she loved.


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ellenf

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RE: Why do you think Wavy can overlook egregious acts such as those of Kellen and Liam? How do you, as a reader, feel about this paradox?

I believe Wavy dealt with life as it came to her. These characters led lives that sometimes required them to commit crimes in just doing their job. It is unimaginable to most of us but they did what it took to survive in their world. Kellen had a conscience and longed to leave that way of life while Liam was content with it.


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darylb

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RE: Why do you think Wavy can overlook egregious acts such as those of Kellen and Liam? How do you, as a reader, feel about this paradox?

I'm not sure she really overlooked them, but just accepted it as she didn't know it wasn't normal. I think children accept the way their parents live until they are old enough to know differently.


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jessies

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RE: Why do you think Wavy can overlook egregious acts such as those of Kellen and Liam? How do you, as a reader, feel about this paradox?

I don't necessarily think she overlooks these acts. She simply has to take them into account with all of the rest of what she knows about each person. Kellen may have done many bad things, but she knows based on how he treats her that he is not one of the 'bad guys'. Liam, on the other hand, she knows she needs to stay away from as much as possible.


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MarieA

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RE: Why do you think Wavy can overlook egregious acts such as those of Kellen and Liam? How do you, as a reader, feel about this paradox?

I don't think Wavy overlooks their acts; she knows she can trust Kellen because of his actions toward her. She knows, however, to be leery of Liam. What she does realize is the differences between the two men and therefore evaluates and responds accordingly. Liam remains the ugly part of her life; whereas, Kellen brings trust and beauty into her life regardless of what others may think.


Posted Oct. 15, 2017 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
JulieAB

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RE: Why do you think Wavy can overlook egregious acts such as those of Kellen and Liam? How do you, as a reader, feel about this paradox?

I learned long ago that time and experience teach us who we can trust. Over time Wavy learned that the Kellan would always do what was best for her. She slowly let him in her world. Her experience with her parents basically made her zone out and numb to their behaviors.i don't know that she necesaarily accepted the bad behavior. If she did, I believe she would have turned out just like Sandy and Dee.


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