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Published on April 13, 2013

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"Brief Lives in California" : "Brief Lives in California" John L’Heureux Click for next  John L’Heureux: John L’Heureux author Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: Born October 26, 1934, in South Hadley, Massachusetts Education: Boston College (BA, English) Harvard (MA, English) Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: Currently teaches creative writing at Stanford University. Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: Career: Was a former Jesuit priest Ordained in 1966 Left priesthood in 1971 Teaching positions: Georgetown University Regis College Tufts College Harvard University Stanford University Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: Writing: Atlantic Magazine , writer & editor (1968-1983) 8 novels 4 Short story collections 4 Poetry collections Click for next  "Brief Lives in California" : "Brief Lives in California" Story Analysis Click for next  Plot: Plot Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: The plot moves along with the life of Leonora, with most focusing upon her college/post college years Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: The plot takes a surprising and surreal turn at the end with her mother shooting Lockhart (a departure from reality) Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: Foreshadowing occurs when the ombudsman warns Lockhart that Leonora is “ half-crazy ” (not even fully crazy—average crazy perhaps?) Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: He also tells Lockhart not to be alone with Leonora Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: After Leonora’s first dispute with Lockhart, everyone is described as “ satisfied and miserable ” - perhaps more foreshadowing or a glimpse into Leonora’s future life? Click for next  Characters: Characters Click for next  LEONORA: LEONORA Protagonist Click for next  LEONORA: LEONORA An unremarkable , average girl Her mother insists Leonora is superior and gifted despite the clear evidence that her daughter is mediocre Click for next  LEONORA: LEONORA Told by her mother that she is superior, she falls into the role of overachiever with no idea what her real talents and abilities are - She asserts , "'I think I was meant for better things,' . . . not really knowing what she meant ." Click for next  LEONORA: LEONORA Leonora is a “floater” in the Stanford admission roster…and is only accepted as a 2 nd choice In life, Lenora is also a second-rate “floater,” not really talented or acknowledged in any way Click for next  LEONORA: LEONORA Leonora’s university and post-graduate career is compressed into a series of vignettes that reveal her spirit as essentially formless and drifting Click for next  LEONORA: LEONORA She blames Lockhart for her problems, thinking his labeling her as “Average” was her downfall C Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: Leonora’s self-centered world is evident when she assumes Lockhart’s novel is about her . Click for next  LEONORA: LEONORA Leonora’s “revenge” upon Lockhart is mediocre and ineffective as she pounds hysterically on his door and is taken away to a mental hospital. Click for next  LEONORA: LEONORA Leonora has been told by her well-meaning mother that she is exceptional, superior, beautiful etc… Click for next  LEONORA: LEONORA Rather than helping Leonora, these empty compliments stunt her ambition and drive to improve herself – she feels entitled without merit Filled with empty praise, she is bland , unremarkable , and average . Click for next  LEONORA: LEONORA The women’s support group say that men have hurt Leonora and prevented her from getting in touch with her feelings (more excuses to avoid taking responsibility) Click for next  LEONORA: LEONORA Leonora cannot express herself and doesn’t even know what she wants She says “I think I want to die” (as if she is not sure) Click for next  LEONORA: LEONORA Participates in social causes only because her boyfriend Horst does – once they break up, she says she is “done with all that.” Click for next  LEONORA A caricature?: LEONORA A caricature? Caricature = exaggeration by means of often ludicrous distortion of parts or characteristics Here, Leonora is a caricature of average —an “exaggerated average” Click for next  A caricature?: A caricature? Caricatures are most often seen as artistic renderings of people to emphasize a feature or communicate an idea about the person Barack Obama Justin Beiber Lindsay Lohan Nicki Minaj Click for next  A caricature…: A caricature… What idea is being communicated in this caricature? Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: Many caricatures are unflattering or insulting George Bush Britney Spears Click for next  LEONORA: LEONORA L’Heureux employs caricature in presenting Leonora, but the caricature is not without some sympathy Readers may have some mercy for Leonora, as her situation is not 100% her fault Click for next  Leonora’s Mother : Leonora’s Mother Antagonist? Flat/Static Character Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: Leonora’s mother is also a caricature of a well-meaning parent who feels her daughter is extraordinary No parent wants an “average” child, but the reality is that most children will fall into the “average” category Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: Leonora’s mother compliments her daughter by presenting implausible goals of winning the Nobel Prize , becoming a top model or a famous writer Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: Such unrealistic goals only cause Leonora to ignore and disregard what her mother says Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: She only wants her daughter to be happy, yet Leonora describes her as “ hopeless ” and tells her to “ dry up ” Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: Leonora has no respect for her mother and points out that her mother did not go to college Click for next  LEONORA’s MOTHER: LEONORA’s MOTHER Has she done anything wrong by complimenting Leonora? What could she have done differently? Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: Leonora’s mother is supportive of her daughter in every way—she plays the role of the loving, encouraging (but slightly clueless) mother . Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: Leonora’s misguided mother does not help her daughter by shooting Lockhart (misguided love again) Click for next  Lockhart: Lockhart Antagonist? Foil? Click for next  Lockhart: Lockhart Lockhart recognizes and points out Leonora’s average performance Click for next  Lockhart: Lockhart He is the first person to disturb Leonora’s delusional world of superiority Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: Lockhart could be a foil for Leonora —he is a published author, but he is still teaching Freshman composition classes and reading papers from students such as Leonora. Click for next  Theme/Meaning: Theme/Meaning “Brief Lives in California” Click for next  Privilege among the middle class: Privilege among the middle class Theme: Click for next  Privilege among the middle class: : Overprotected and unable to handle failure or rejection Privilege among the middle class: Click for next  Privilege among the middle class: : Unaware of their narcissism ? Privilege among the middle class: Click for next  Privilege among the middle class: : Popularity, physical beauty, and a sense of entitlement Privilege among the middle class: Click for next  Can parents do TOO MUCH for their children? : As parents do more for children, children are denied opportunities (such as failure) for character growth Can parents do TOO MUCH for their children? Click for next  “Love Hostage”: “Love Hostage” Theme: Click for next  Love Hostage: Love Hostage These terms contradict: Love is given freely Hostage connotes imprisonment Click for next  Who is a “love hostage” in the story? : Who is a “love hostage” in the story? Leonora – her spirit held hostage by her mother who desires more from her daughter? (Did Lockhart have the most accurate picture of Leonora?) Click for next  Who is a “love hostage” in the story? : Who is a “love hostage” in the story? Children in general who are overprotected and restricted by “loving” parents? Click for next  Who is a “love hostage” in the story? : Who is a “love hostage” in the story? Patty Hearst? Click for next  Talented vs. Average : Talented vs. Average Theme: Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: Simple logic points to the fact that MOST people will fall into the “average” range . Average Skills Below average Above average “talented” Click for next  Talented vs. Average : Talented vs. Average In a society where so many are encouraged to be talented and extraordinary, there is an inevitable standardization (“everyone is talented/special in their own way”) Click for next  Talented vs. Average : Talented vs. Average When “special/talented” becomes the norm, people are denied the right to be special, talented, or extraordinary . Click for next  Point of View : Point of View “Brief Lives in California” Click for next  3rd Person Limited Omniscient : 3 rd Person Limited Omniscient We have access to Leonora’s thoughts , which allows for some understanding of her motives—and we see she is not entirely without merit or feelings Click for next  Setting : Setting “Brief Lives in California” Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: Location: California: Stanford University campus & San Francisco Time: mid- late 1970s Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: L’Heureux interestingly juxtaposes Leonora’s story with the Patricia Hearst kidnapping . Hearst, daughter of a wealthy newspaper proprietor, was kidnapped by a terrorist group ( Symbionese Liberation Army). Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: 2 months after being kidnapped, Hearst was apprehended as she helped her captors rob a bank. Hearst claimed she had been brainwashed. Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: Patty Hearst achieved fame via her activities with a terrorist group rather than being the average socialite. Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: Hearst’s story indicates the turmoil of the times —certainly not an “average” decade , but one filled with change, especially for women. Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: Other components of the cultural setting were the mention of the Jonestown suicides and the assassination of San Francisco mayor George Moscone and Harvey Milk , the first openly homosexual city supervisor. Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: The author’s mention of such dramatic world events contrasts sharply with Leonora’s world in which a grade of “C” ruins her life. Click for next  PowerPoint Presentation: The era in which the story takes place has been described as having a “ compressed horror” particularly in the Bay Area. And yet, Leonora doesn’t seem to notice. 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