The Impact And Outcome Of Pain Essay

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The Impact And Outcome Of Pain Essay, Research Paper The impact and the outcome of pain The impact of sexual abuse reaches all levels of Childs emotions. Confusion: This is usually the first reaction of the child. They will usually question, “What is going on?” and “ Is this right or wrong?” For a young child these questions can be a huge load on their psychological development. Once the abuse begins the victim experience a tremendous conflict with their emotions. They experience pain, guilt, and anger for what is being done. The question, “Is this right or wrong?” posses the greatest conflict within the Childs minds. The abuse feels so wrong yet the abuser insist it is okay, taking advantage of the Childs mistrust and naivety. This kind of conflict can stay

within the victim’s minds for years. This pain and conflict is what Dorothy Allison writes about in her book ‘two or three things I know for sure” Coming from a dysfunctional low-class family with mostly women around was her environment for years and the only man around, sexually abused her. Imagine yourself in a similar position and ask yourself “what would the effect be on me?” The effect on Dorothy Allison is portrayed in the book. She writes about having mixed emotions that for people who have not had such an experience seems quit strange. For example on page 48 (I knew; with fury) she describes the first time making love to a woman. When she makes love to her the smell reminds her of her stepfather. She feels both desire and hatred. The desire was what scared her,

but by making love to this woman it made her feel more comfortable with that emotion. The desire resulted in a process of healing, not thinking of her stepfather while having sex. It takes her a long time tough not to feel rage when she feels desire. Comparing a book like this with Ursula Duba’s in essence is not hard. Both have the clear topic of multiple sources of social identity. In both books you can read about things that make peoples identities change, be it atrocities of war or a horrible experience like rape. The difference however and also the main topic of this paper lies in emotional wounds and their possible healing. In “The bakers story” a poem is written about a baker and his wife, both holocaust survivors, and the regularly visits Duba and her husband made

to the bakery shop. The husband of Duba, reminds the baker of one of his children, who died in the camps just like the rest of his whole family. Actually this was the baker’s second wife whom he had met in Auschwitz. The baker later asks the Duba’s husband about his roots. “Could they possibly be related?” is his real question. The husband however does not have sufficient knowledge about his background to answer the question. Later Duba and her husband move away from the area and for a while they do not see the bakers couple. When Duba visits the baker again she finds out about the death of his wife. After hearing this she replies (p61)”I am so sorry I didn’t know she as ill”. The baker whispers to her that she wasn’t really sick and that THEY killed her. Stating

that the nazi’s have infiltrated America’s hospitals. This section illustrates how the atrocities of war and the horrors of the death camps must have had on this individual. It’s unlikely that his wife was actually killed. The more realistic option would be that his wife died of cancer since that disease can kill in a very short time. Also the questioning of the background of Duba’s husband portrays the baker’s traumatized identity because the chance of a customer being related to you is very little. What this poem in essence is telling us is that a lot of survivors of the death camp are still very much frightened of the nazi’s and their atrocities. A baker that asks for family roots to a random customer and thinks his wife is killed by nazi’s in an American