Lucky Book Report

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Many people experience events that will change their lives forever. These events may be for the better, or perhaps for the worst. Either way, life will most likely never be the same. It is, on the other hand, the way one reacts to these events that is most important. In the novel Lucky by Alice Sebold, the author experiences a life changing event. Alice was 18 years old at the time she got brutally assaulted and raped in a tunnel near by her dorm at Syracuse University. Throughout the rest of the novel, Sebold explains the affects of rape, violence and drugs had on her life and ones around her.

"Despite the author's dark subject matter, Sebold's wit is as powerful as her searing candor" (Editors Review). Alice Sebold coped with this tragic event as any other woman would have. Right after the rape, she felt very filthy and felt like she needed to take a shower to try to wash off her attacker.

After being raped, women tend to be very quite and scared around people. When ever someone takes a glance at Sebold, she feels like they dislike her because she has been raped. Sebold feels as if she can't have a normal conversation with anyone without feeling as if she's being judged of her rape. Women also tend to feel threatened and terrified if they ever happen to be in another sexual moment. For example, after going out for a few drinks, Sebold ends up sleeping with a man she met. During the intimate moment, Sebold had to continually remind her self that this man was not her attacker and didn't want to hurt her. In a way, Sebold used this encounter as an attempt to reassure her self that she is able to live a...