Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Gashlycrumb Tinies

The Gashlycrumb by Edward Gorgey immediately make me think of a misfit child who was bullied from the first day he walked into his kindergarden classroom until his last day of college. His alphabet book shows many different emotions and is a very dark story. 
As I read, I couldn't help but think about his childhood and what drove him to write such a story. Was he trying to tell us that children need to be more careful because the world is dangerous? Were these names of former classmates that he had a built up hatred for? Does he hate children so much that he laughs when bad things come to them? Was Edward Gorgey an accident prone child? Maybe he could simply be telling us about his own personal childhood memories.  "F is for Fanny sucked dry by a leach," could be Edward explaining his first encounter with a blood sucking leach. At the time, the leach was attached to him, he might have felt like he was going to be sucked dry if he did not detach the leach from his body fast enough. 
Overall, Edward Gorgey's  message is unclear to me, as I'm sure it is to many of others. The gashlycrumb tinies is very disturbing story. I cant thinking of the writers mental state at the time he wrote this story. What was his purpose and what was the true message that he was trying to get across? Personally, Edward Gorgey is my least favorite writer compaired to the others we have become familiar with this semester.

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