The theme of parent child relationship is constantly explored in literature. The poems "Piano" "Poem at 39’ , "Mother in a Refugee Camp", "Mother to son" , "If" and "Plenty" are no exception to this. "Piano "and "Poem at Thirty-Nine " takes a slightly different approach to the theme, however Lawrence uses very strong and emotive language to convey a sense of nostalgia. The mood of the poem is sad and nostalgic. Whereas‘Poem at Thirty Nine ’ addresses her relationship with his father , “how I miss my father”, she wants to return to the warmth and comfort of his childhood days .
‘War Photographer’, ‘Mother in a refugee camp’ and ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’ all share themes and ideas of death, loss and suffering. Compare, contrast and explore the themes and ideas in these poems and three other of your choice. The poems ‘War photographer’, ‘Mother in a refugee camp’ and ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’ all use powerful language, imagery and structural devices to portray the themes of suffering, death and loss. The poem ‘War Photographer’ demonstrates the unworldly suffering that people living in countries at war have to endure and how it greatly contrasts with the lives of people in countries like England who remain oblivious and unknowing of the pain that others have to go through. ‘Mother in a refugee
They endure and sacrifice for the well-being of others, living for others, like Duyen for the health of her husband-in-law who silently endures the pain of losing her husband. While American films, the struggles and losses of armies were the main theme of the Vietnam War, the loss of these films was imagined on more material levels such as weapons, also worth noting is that American films have been completely lacking in strong female characters, which are hardly seen in classic American films about the war . In fact, Vietnamese women, as survivors of the war, became national memory archives. Thinking, their voices indicate that they are direct and indirect victims of war, whether in the battlefield or in the back. Duyen is the representative of the Vietnamese women in
A theme in The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje is that you can’t escape your past. This is demonstrated by each main characters’ behavior and thoughts throughout the novel. Hana, the nurse, can’t escape her pain and grief she is suffering from because of the loss of her father, Kip is haunted by his nationality and his experiences in the war and the English patient or Almasy is haunted by his decision to get involved with a married woman. All of the main characters have regrets and can’t forget about their lives in the past and only time will heal and let them move on. Firstly, Hana is dealing with the grief of losing her father in the war while she was overseas being a nurse for other wounded soldiers.
In the poem, “Refugee Mother and Child” the speaker illustrates everyday life is as a refugee, but he specifically focuses on a refugee mother experience. The speaker in this poem is the author, and he is depicts what this refugee mother is going through, while her child is dying. The author is trying to illustrate how unique a mother’s love is for her family and children, regardless of their social status, situation, and conditions. In the poem the author shows this through the eyes of a refugee mother that has a son “she soon would have to forget.” The author makes a bold metaphorical comparison of the refugee mother with the blessed mother, Mary, “No Madonna and Child could touch that picture of a mother’s tenderness.” The fact that the author compares a normal mother to the blessed mother means that this mother has to be special in her own unique way to
The famous civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” Set in rural India at the dawning of a new age, Kamala Markandaya’s Nectar in a sieve tells the story of young woman Rukmani and her life with her husband Nathan, a tenant farmer whom she marries as a child bride. Throughout the book, Rukmani and her family face countless hardships and sufferings; however, she manages to keep hope and persistently battle for a better future. Markandaya thoroughly displays hope by using character Rukmani through her infertility experience, deaths of her sons, and unexpected encounter with Puli. First, the author portrays the theme of hope when Rukmani fails to bear many kids despite her continuous effort. At the beginning of her marriage, she bears a beautiful, fair daughter, Irawaddy; but for the next seven years, she faces the barrenness that is devastating in a society that depends upon the sons for their ability to work and care for their families.
Veeder also articulated that the narrator sought marriage to fill the void that her mother left. Veeder also goes on to lecture on how a repressing marriage worsens the psychological horrors molded by deficient nurturing in childhood as well as how husbands can duplicate the nonachievement of parent figures. Veeder also touches on the aspects of post-partum pyschosis which is interpreted to be what the narrator is going through due to “The Yellow Wallpaper” touching on the narrator recently having an infant. (Veeder
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s coming-of-age novel Purple Hibiscus narrates the story of Kambili, a girl in Nigeria, who deals with religious hypocrisy and abuse of her father, a product of the British colonization. She and her brother, Jaja, visit their aunt and receive a different perspective on their family’s lives. This novel takes place in the Igbo region of Nigeria, after the Nigerian Civil War that ended in 1970 and colonialism of the 1900’s. In Purple Hibiscus, Adichie conveys her views of the Nigerian Civil War to the reader by using the setting, specific events reciprocated in history, and contrasting characters within the novel. Purple Hibiscus is set in post-colonial Nigeria- where incidentally Adichie grew up- in a time of government, economic, and social struggle, after the Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Nigerian-Biafran War.
The poems that we will discuss are all explored by the theme of death like "War Photographer" by Carol Ann Duffy, "a Mother In A Refugee Camp" by Chinua Achebe, "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas, "Piano" by D.H Lawrence, "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning and finally "Poem at Thirty Nine" by Alice Walker. These poems all portray the theme of death and loss and how the people that get affected adapt to the loss of their loved ones and their family. Firstly, I will discuss how these poems portray the theme of death within a family, a great example is "A Mother in a refugee camp", where the mother is affected by the death of her son and the suffering of her loved one "child could touch her tenderness for a son" this shows the basic relationship between mother and a child, also "bundle of possessions" this shows the memory of her child and how she latches on to hope and the memory of her son. Also "poem at thirty nine" discusses the theme of death within a family, the use of free verse and enjambment gives the sense of remembrance of her father, which shows the poet 's train of thoughts as she redirects her memories. Although "My last Duchess" does portray the theme of death within family, because of the death of his wife, but we have to exclude it, because he was the one that killed her with jealousy and paranoia.
Paragraph 1 1.Continuing as in ‘Mother in a Refugee camp’ when the poet mentions “No Madonna” as mentioned before this refers to Jesus and his mother Mary. Emphasizing how no matter what happened in the past or will happen in the future nothing can go up as far as what this mother had to do to attempt to help her son and give him hope. The quote “Ghost Smile” may not necessary refer to the theme of loss of innocence but does refer to the theme of growing up. The poet Achebe attempts to express to us how at some point in life everyone is going to die, whether it will be you, family, friends, but you can die happy with a “Ghost Smile” or not. 2.Towards the end of the poem the mother does the action of “comb[ing]” her sons hair.