Progressive Alternative Writing Exercises: Look Who’s Talking


“point of view could dictate how a reader will enjoy your writing, or how they will loathe it”

Why is this old fogey arguing with a kid? Skylar asked herself. It is utterly ridiculous yet quite entertaining. Professor Kyllum says one thing about Pro-Life abortion and Tila unleashed her fury.
At only five foot nothing and at probably one hundred twenty pounds when soaked, it amused Skylar to watch Tila argue with the two hundred thirty pound former professional linebacker turned English Literary Instructor. It was like watching Goliath argue their point of view to David, and we all know how that turned out.
When a character from the assigned class novel mentally battled with the decision to get an abortion or not, it promised to raise tensions. But it was Professor Kyllum that made the mistake of giving his personal point of view which truly lit the fuse for chaos.
Tila exploded, turning Modern Literature 201 into Political Life Concerns the advanced course. Kyllum had made a comment about how wrong the character was for not just considering an abortion, but for thinking on it without informing the potential father. Tila shouted that men and government had no right to interfere, hollared about a fetus not being a form of life, and even told Kyllum that he should “cut it off!” Now, it was not that Tila felt so heated about the concept and issue which made for great entertainment, but rather how Professor Kyllum rebuttaled.
The professor was visually irate after being told to “cut it off” and was searching for the best words to use for a reply in kind. He mentioned that “it takes two”, so fair would be a discussion with all involved. He also attempted to distract with a conversation for what constitutes as living and sentient. However, when blasted with the suggestion to remove his manhood, Professor Kyllum blurted “but why should I? Couldn’t the woman just keep her legs closed?”
Skylar laughed loudly, leaning forward in her desk. She was definitely offended but knew the gloves were off. What had been said was offensive, but Skylar enjoyed the irony of knowing that a subsitute instuctor would be needed soon.
How does a discussion on a character’s decision become a political debate, Ian Kyllum asked himself. He looked down to the disgruntled face of his student and wondered why he argued with her. As a professor of English literature for ten years he expected students to become passionated about the novels and poetry assigned, finding reason to sympathize with or fight for characters. But today, it had gone all wrong.
After discussing the decision a character made in the novel “Glenda’s Promise” Ian gave his personal opinion in regards to the same topic the character dealt with. Somehow that ignited a verbal battle about life and governmental intrusion.
“You’re a man, of course you don’t get it!” the student shouted.
“The sex shouldn’t matter. It takes two to make a baby, so both should have their say in regards to the future of the baby,” Ian replied.
“But it ain’t a baby until labor. And the boy has no say, it’s her body!”
How can she be so naive, Ian thought to himself. Without realizing it he muttered, “but how can the female determine anything when the boy and her made the baby together?”
“First, its a fetus. It’s not a baby until labor is complete,” the student blasted. Ian turned his lips up, disappointed. The student inhaled deeply, “I know you think I’m too young to truly understand but I am well educated with the topic. I’m just heated because you think you know better than me.”
“In this matter I do believe I have more knowledge regarding the whole scope.”
Ian’s previous relationship had ended because his lover aborted their child without ever informing him. He had found out through a friend’s friend. Of course, none of his students knew that. And they should not have that kind of personal information. Even if it was the info that fueled his concern and opinion.
“So,” Ian continued, “would it be okay for the woman to keep a baby even if her mate was totally against it?”
“If the guy don’t want a kid he should wrap it up or cut it off!” was her quick reply.
Ian’s mind raced, and before he knew it his tongue had opened a whole new element to the debate, “or the girl could have kept her legs closed!”
In truth, there is nothing technically wrong with emotions and feelings, but saying what was impulsive was like adding nitros to a shark already in a frenzy. As the student, now with much support, countered with a blur of info, insults, and aggression Ian knew it may be the last class he would teach at Almar Academy of Newport.


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