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Iris Kang

I agree with your observation about disability and the character of Maggie in the short story. I think that it’s a particularly important part of the story that I initially skimmed over while reading through the first time. It’s interesting how you bring up the topic of how people with disabilities are often viewed as solely their disability. I think this is particularly true with Maggie because Twyla and Roberta’s perspectives only offer insight into Maggie through the lens of disability even though there is so much more to her experience in life and her characteristics separate from her disability that we cannot see.