Grief And Loss In Glass Analysis

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Grief and Loss in Glass by Angela Leighton Motherhood and grief are strong themes in Angela Leighton's short story Glass. The story revolves around mother's memories of her last day spent with her daughter, Anna , who she adored and admired greatly. The mother who, interestingly enough, remains unnamed, blames herself for not being able to predict the unpredictble – her daughter's unfortunate suicide. Therefore it is hard not to notice the imagery of guilt that follows mother every step of the way as she walks the narrow streets of Venice. At this point we must ask ourselves, what caused the strong self-reproach? Indeed, it is safe to assume that contemporary society has a great influence on women and their whole motherhood experience. Accordingly,…show more content…
2 We do not see these signs in the story and it seems like the daughter had no problems whatsoever. Of course, the narrative is told from the mother's point of view, so we can assume that Anna's true mental state is not revealed to the reader, since the mother didn't know there was anything wrong with her in the first place: She could remember nearly every detail from that day, as if, whether then or after, for whatever reason, it kept the key to what hapened later. It was perhaps for that day she had returned to Venice – as if it were possible to be the detective of one's own life, and find, hidden in tis ordinary facts, the crime that had been unseen, unimagined, by anyone. She didn't know whose crime it was, or if it was a crime at all.3 It is evident how the mother is searching for a hint, a sign she missed that would indicate the suicidal tendencies of her daughter. Since suicide is still socially unacceptable, the family may lack the support systems normally available to those grieving other kinds of death – a traumatic loss is suffered, and the taboo act generates feelings of disapproval and shame.

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