Amanda’s fixation with wanting to keep her life going like the past leads to her son leaving. Tom was tired of her trying to make things in her life right by controlling him and Laura, so he left and decided to make things better for
Miriam walks by Paula’s house and “stood on the sidewalk out front hoping that wherever Paula was, they would never find her and make her go back again” (73). Paula’s mother, on the other hand, is struck simultaneously by the pain of her daughter’s disappearance and the realization that her husband may have molested her. She may be destined to live out her days without ever discovering what has happened to her daughter. The misery caused by the lack of closure
Since her son’s death, Amy had been containing her emotions as much as possible trying to come into terms with her child’s passing. She often spent her days visiting friends and seeking their comfort to keep her mind away from her son. Amy eventually broke down in rage in front of her husband during their confrontation exclaiming, “Friends make pretense of following to the grave, but before one is in it, their minds are turned and making the best of their way back to life and living people and things they understand. But the world’s evil. I won’t have grief so if I can change it.
Amanda, who is obsessed with trying to find a suitor for her daughter, encourages her son Tom to set his sister Laura up with a colleague from work. The get-together that took place at the house of Amanda and her children left Laura surprised after realizing her date was someone she had a crush on in high school who was now engaged to another woman. Amanda who also controls Tom, tells him to secure his job at the shoe warehouse, even though he hates the job. Williams writes, “What right have you got to jeopardize your job? Jeopardize the security of us all?
But Adam was also very quiet in his early childhood and kept to himself (pbs.org, 2013). He also seemed to have had very strong issues with touching, and would become upset whenever other adults or children made physical contact with him, imposing on his boundaries (pbs.org, 2013). It was for reasons like these, along with other behavioral issues, that Nancy Lanza had decided to
They have never played with the toy, hinting their Granny’s solemnity since the elephant is given by her. They do not want to smear the elephant so they ignore it. However, when Elizabeth finds out its disappearance, she remains calm and unprovoked. She thinks that the tenants during the war “must have … some children” (1) and assumed that they have taken it away. Her indifferent attitude implies that although their
Amanda’s mother returned to work 6 weeks after Amanda’s birth, however her grandmother ran a licensed daycare facility and cared for Amanda. The nature of the daycare facility exposed Amanda to the comings and goings of many people at a very young age. It is possible that this experience helped her develop a sense of self separate from that of her mother while still maintaining the trust that her mother would always return for her. As Amanda was discussing the death of
Though she remind unresponsive and silent, gradually anchored her and began to put down roots. Her grandmother feed and hug her and hold her, bathes her, dress her. Ignoring her silence, Arun talked to her, tell her stories, and read to her. Beautiful descriptions of grandparents showering love on their grandchildren was found in “The hero’s walk” Nirmala became Nandana’s primary caregiver after the death of Nandana’s parents in a road accident. She liked being fussed over mamma lady who gave her only nutritious food, vegetables and fruits.
After talking for a while my mom got off the phone and started talking to me, I remember one distinct thing she said to me. She said that she wished my grandparents were alive and that if they were alive we would not go back. I questioned what she meant, but then it came to me. She did not want to go back to our home and have to deal with my dad. My mom did not want to listen to my dad anymore, she was tired of him and want to be some where he was not.