Push: Analysis of the Fourth Chapter

As I said before, it is really hard to “like” this work, because it is so hard to read.The situations are so realistic that they are hard to read, especially when the reader knows that these are real situations for many girls, and that is horrible to think about.This chapter especially puts the idea of incest right in the forefront, and discusses it frankly and openly, and it is heartbreaking to think about.

For example, Precious finds out she has HIV and says, “I know I ain’ the only one that got it, even though that’s how it feels.But I’m probably the only one get it from they daddy” (Sapphire 11.It is disgusting to think that a father could do this to his own daughter, and it is clear that she will be scarred her entire life.She says, “How is something a memory if you never forgit?” (Sapphire 12) and that is so difficult to read, let alone comprehend.So, no, I really do not “like” this work, but I appreciate the book and what the author is trying to accomplish, and it is hard to put it down, even though the theme and the plot are so difficult to read.


I relate to some parts of this book, of course.I have never known anyone involved in incest that I know of (and I would like to keep it that way), but I do understand her fantasy to have a “second chance.”She says, “I would wish for in my fantasy a second chance.Since myfirst chance to Mama and Daddy” (Sapphire 15).

It is easy to see why she would wish for this, because she has such a terrible life, but it is interesting to see that she still thinks of her parents as “Mama and Daddy,” even after what they have both done to her.They are not real parents in any sense of the word, but she, even as she is maturing, is trying to hang on to the idea of family, and that is particularly heartbreaking to me.She desperately wants a family, and yet, every chance she has at having a family is torn away from her, from the incest to the children she has by her father.... 

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