In Louise Glück’s poem “Terminal Resemblance,” the speaker tells about her relationship, or lack thereof, with her father. The speaker explains a relationship with their father, saying it is not existent. They have a conversation that is supposed to be meaningful, considering he is dying, but it seems to have no meaning to her at all. The speaker wishes her father the best and leaves him and her mother at the door, with the same relationship she had with him before. The poem seems to be about how the speaker does not have a relationship with her father and the news she receives of him dying soon has made her realize that she wants to pursue one with him and start fresh.
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.
I regret that I am taken from you; and, happy and beloved as I have been, it is not hard to quit you all? But these are not thoughts befitting me; I will endeavor to resign myself cheerfully to death” (45). Before dying she reaffirms that she is happy to die for the Elizabeth’s happiness. Ironically she entrusts Elizabeth with her children and not her husband or Victor who are older. This action suggests that men alone are not able to nurture children.
First of all, her emotions do not show she is psychopathic enough to go crazy and kill her husband. For example, at the beginning of the story she seems quite happy with her husband, looks like she loves him and listens to his orders. The author shows no sign that previously, Mary was a murderer or had a mental disorder. She also takes care of her unborn baby. Second of all, when her husband Patrick told Mary that he will leave her,even though she is a good wife it sounded really “cold” and was careless.
In one section of the story, Mrs. Mallard declares that even though she loved her husband, she will only mourn his loss in public at his funeral for the sake of her image. It is this total lack of remorse for the loss of life that makes it so ironic that her husband will be the one mourning her death at the funeral
Thus the Bundren family’s journey communicates the idea that one’s life cannot measured in length but in depth because one’s legacy will outlive one’s physical form from beyond the grave. The novel begins with Addie Bundren 's end. As she dies, she is surrounded by her family, for better or for worse. Her husband Anse, her daughter, and two of her four sons quietly watch over her like patient buzzards until suddenly “[her eyes] go out as though someone had leaned down and blown upon them” and all emotional hell breaks loose (Faulkner 48). Her daughter “flings herself” on to Addie dead body while her youngest son with “all color draining” flees the
He realized… “It occurred to me that anyway one more Sunday was over, that Maman was buried now, that I was going back to work, and that, really, nothing had changed. “ (Camus, 24) Explicate This shows how little importance he allowed his mother to have in his life. This further accentuates that he had given up her place in his life, which plays into the elements of philosophical suicide. He acted as if her death changed nothing, as if she was insignificant. The significance he places with her position in his life is partially his fault, because that’s all he allowed her to be.
This makes it clear that the only person that can define oneself is the individual alone. The novel The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult is about a baker named Sage Singer living a life full of guilt due to the car accident resulting her mother to die. This strong emotion she is with holding in her heart keeps her in the past. While living this life, she meets a senior man, Josef Weber, at a grief support group who is also suffering from a painful past
Najmah is not feeling bonded with her family, so the author makes sure to show that the stars are being portrayed in a negative way. Whenever Najmah does not feel a bond with her family, the author shows this through the stars. (STEWE-2)When Mada-jan and Habib are buried, the author uses the stars to show the bond Najmah has lost with her family. “...I realize the hole where Akhtar has buried my hair also holds my mother and baby brother...But they are far, far behind us, and I realize I will never see them again. As the stars disappear one by one, Akhtar leads us away from the path…” (85).
The reality of the situation was that she had no control over her father’s death. There was nothing or no way that she could have prevented the events that took place. Although she was extremely angry with the situation at hand she learned that she had other things to be grateful for. She wanted people to know that even though something or someone has passed away you can’t stay stuck in the state of depression forever. You have to step back and look at your life because the reality is, life still moves on.
This ending is ironic considering that the grandmother never makes any reference to being religious before facing death. Also, she continuously reminds the Misfit of the fact that she is a lady in the hopes that it will have the same meaning to him as it does to her. However, not once does she try to spare the rest of her family. She is too busy groveling for her own life to give her family a second thought, even after the first gunshots have gone off. In the face of death, the grandmother constantly tries to convince the Misfit that he is a good man, even after he has ordered his men to kill her family, and presumably many others.
When they were both presented with the same fate both chose different paths. Edna, faced with sorrow and emptiness did not realize what she truly had until he lost it leaving her with a morbid depression of life. When faced with this fate, Janie felt a sense of power although her only love was gone she knew that he would always be with her. She love him while he was with her, and while he was gone, therefore leaving her no regret of losing time with
“She loved mysteries so much she became one” Miles says this to Colonel as they try to figure out why Alaska killed herself. They both think back to when Alaska told them, “The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is through forgiveness.” Alaska 's death might have been her trying to escape her labyrinth but they will never know because she is not here to ask. Alaska 's death has put both Miles and Colonel in a “labyrinth of suffering” and the only way for them to escape this labyrinth is to forgive Alaska for leaving them to live their lives without her. This negatively affects both the boys because it is encouraging them to forget Alaska, but they refuse, keeping themselves in the labyrinth, keeping Alaska alive with them and performing pranks in her memory. The boys are now stuck in the labyrinth of suffering like Alaska was.