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"Gravel" by Alice Munro

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Transcript of "Gravel" by Alice Munro

"Gravel" by Alice Munro
Summary
In this story, the narrator’s childhood changes
dramatically when her mother gets pregnant with an aspiring actor’s baby, and they move to a trailer beside a gravel pit. The narrator is having trouble recollecting her childhood, now that she is older, due to the traumatic death of her older sister and dog. Even after a lot of therapy, the narrator has trouble letting go. However, once her mother’s ex-boyfriend rids her of her guilt, she is able to get more closure.
Theme Statement
Acceptance:

Acceptance is necessary to move on in life and to achieve true happiness.
Intro Paragraph
In the story "Gravel" by Alice Munro, the text shows
that acceptance is necessary to move on in life and to achieve true happiness. This becomes clear when looking at the mother's divorce and pregnancy, the death of Caro and the family becoming accustomed to their new life.
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Argument 2
Argument 3
Argument 1
Argument 1:
“My father gave up weeping. He had to get back to work. My mother packed up our things and took us to live with Neal in the trailer he had found, out in the country. She said afterward that she had wept, too. But she said also that she had felt alive.” (Munro 2)
Theme Topics
Life vs Death
Memory loss
Loss of innocence
Guilt
Naiveté
Divorce
Mother daughter relationship
Lack of father
Desire to be seen
Responsibility
POV of child
Acceptance
So What?
Without acceptance, one can dwell on their past, and miss the great life they could be having.
Our Opinions
Pros:
- Thick plot
- Lots of character development
- Saw different sides of the characters
- Punchy climax
- Fleshed out
- Last sentence
Cons:
Although the author had a reason behind writing the way she did, we did not like it due to:
- Hard to follow
- Ambiguous and vague due to the child’s perspective
- Disjointed
"When we first moved there, Caro talked to me a lot about our old house, trying to get me to remember this or that. It was when we were in bed that she talked like this, and generally the conversation ended with me failing to remember and her getting cross.” (Munro 1)
"The thing is to be happy,” he said. “No matter what. Just try that. You can. It gets to be easier and easier. It’s nothing to do with circumstances. You wouldn’t believe how good it is. Accept everything and then tragedy disappears. Or tragedy lightens, anyway, and you’re
just there, going along easy in the world.” (Munro 11)
Work Cited
Munro, Alice. “Gravel.” My Class site. Web.
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