Interpirtation of the short story "Lust" by Susan Minot

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In the short story, "Lust" by Susan Minot, the story begins with a young girl talking about the first time she had sex with a boy, as the story goes on she talks more and more about boys she is with and the different situations she in with them. She doesn't talk about her interests very much outside of the boys she encounters. In the story I feel like the girl has low self confidence and low self esteem "Some things I was good as , like math or painting or even sports but the second a boy put his arm around me , I forgot about wanting to do anything else." In this quote I feel like it's a foreshadowing of the person she would become later, so involved in boys that she didn't have a real meaning in life. She feels she isn't a good enough to not have sex with the boys and is just doing it, because she thinks it's a way to get them to love her.

"I hate those girls who push away a boy's face as if she were made out of Ivory soap, as if she's much greater than she is." I feel like this quote is very symbolic in describing how the girl feels about her self as well as other girls. I feel that the Ivory soap symbolizes girl who haven't had sex and who are "clean and perfect." I feel that in this quote she says, "she hates the girls who push away the boys faces" because ironically she is upset and angry at herself, that she never pushed the boys away and has regrets about sleeping with so many boys. I feel like she actually hating her self. Also what is ironic about this quote that...