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.
Mallard. The two true themes of this story are loss and irony and Mrs. Mallard embodies both of these. The theme of loss is littered throughout this story; first Mrs. Mallard thinks that she has lost her husband; second she finds out that she has lost her new freedom, and finally Mr. Mallard loses his husband. While many readers may see Mrs. Mallard’s death as the greatest loss, Chopin’s writing suggests that it is instead the loss of new life that Mrs. Mallard has so quickly discovered. She had her entire new life planned out, and it all came crashing down within an hour.
Both stories have common situations about the mothers portrayed in the stories. In both stories, the main characters had to deal with abandonment in some form. As seen in the story “I Stand Here Ironing”, the narrator’s husband left and caused her to play both roles of being a mother and a father to her children. Therefore, the relationship between her and her daughter isn’t as strong as it should be and the narrator feels guilty about it. The main character in “The Yellow Wallpaper” blames her husband for her depression.
In the poem Heritage by Linda Hogan, Hogan uses the tone of the speaker to demonstrate the shame and hatred she has toward her family, but also her desire to learn about her family’s original heritage. The speaker describes each family member and how they represent their heritage. When describing each member, the speaker’s tone changes based on how she feels about them. The reader can identify the tone by Hogan’s word choices and the positive and negative outlooks on each member of the family. At the beginning of the poem, the speaker has a tone that demonstrates aggravation and shame towards her mother.
This is widely depicted in the song “Can the Circle Be Unbroken” which discusses the suffering and grief associated with the death of the narrators mother. This song successfully generates lament from the audience through its lyrics which ultimately paint a story. One may see this as the author states “But I could not hide my sorrow when they laid her in the grave…went back home Lord, my home was lonesome since my mother was gone...all my brothers, sisters crying, what a home so sad and lone”. However, although the author paints a story of his/her mothers funeral, they also express their comfort in knowing that their mother is gone but present with the Lord. This is depicted when they state “There’s a better place in the sky Lord, in the sky.
7. Analyse how disappointment or loss affected the relationships of a character or individual in the written text(s). In the novel ‘Winter’s Bone’ written by Daniel Woodrell, Ree Dolly’s relationship with her family, the Rathlin Valley community and the Hawkfall community were heavily affected by the loss of her father, Jessup. The affect that this loss has on Ree’s relationships is important to the plot because it highlights the struggles that Ree must overcome and outlines how quickly things change in the community Ree lives in. The loss of Ree’s father affects her relationship with her family in multiple different ways.
Plath was deeply affected by the premature death of her father, her mental instability being worsened by the absence of her mother. The lacking of two parental figures served as a serious detriment to Plath’s overall health and made an impact on her writing. Her personal
Sarath and Gamini both tend to display some degree of emotional pain or disruption to their lifestyle due to the civil war. Analyse these excerpts “[Where is your wife?] She asked finally. [I lost her a few years ago, she did— She killed herself]” It is known that the reason of Sarath’s constant emotional pain is due to his wife’s suicide; it is also expressed in the novel that Sarath’s wife similar to many others committed suicide because of the adversities of civil war; Sarath has experienced a personal change in such a manner because of the civil war. Consider these next excerpts “[We’re all fucked, aren’t we.
Next, The Wife’s Lament uses alliteration of “s”, “m” sounds, assonance of “o”, “e” sounds, consonance of the “r”, “d” sounds, and repetition of “h” sounds. The alliteration of the “s” and “m” sounds represents her sorrow. She uses words like “seek service, sorrow’s” (WL 10) and “mournful, mind, mood, murder” (WL 19-20) near the beginning of the poem, because she is devastated that her husband left her. The assonance of “o” and “e” represents her tone of trying to move on. It comes from words like “overgrown” (WL 31), “weep” (WL 38), “oak tree” (WL 36), “vowed” (WL 21) near the middle of the poem.
The poem, “the sonnet-ballad” by Gwendolyn Brooks, shows a universal theme of loss which expresses a message about how people could change overtime after a major tragedy. The speaker of the poem repeatedly asks their mother where happiness is. The way the speaker speaks in the poem is clearly depressing as she says, “What can I use an empty heart-cup for…” (line 4). Through the mood of the poem, readers could identify its central themes and loss is one of them. The speaker’s lover has left her and believes that he might be dead.
When one of Paul’s best friends Kemmerich dies, Paul is the one who has to tell his mom about the bad news. One quote that points to this is, “I must go and see Kemmerich’s mother… This quaking, sobbing woman who shakes me and cries out on me: ‘Why are you living then, when he is dead?’” (181). Paul had enough bravery to talk to his dead friend’s mother about how her son died. Paul has to lie to Kemmerich’s mother or else she would have been even more upset than she had been when she heard the bad news. Paul is devastated when his friend died but stays brave because he knew with war comes death.
But with her mother dead and her father bitter, those feelings are foreign to Lily. Especially since she is trapped, tormenting herself over the fact that she was the one to shoot her mother. Despite it being a terrible accident. Sue Monk Kidd expresses to the readers how much death can trap someone in their own mind through Lily. You can see the full extent of her suffering when she sobbed the truth to August “It was my fault she died.
One strong emotional reaction is when Aibileen always mentions something about her past like with her ex-husband, Clyde and her deceased son, Treelore. It’s sad when you keep on remembering your loved ones dying and leaving you. Another strong emotion I had was when every time the maids were discriminated against. It’s not fair that just because of your color that you have to be made fun of. My last strong reaction in the book in my opinion is when the maids get fired.
Mehri, Marji’s maid and close friend was just broken up with her boyfriend, and when Marji “went back to [Mehri’s] room and she was crying” (Satrapi 36). This event taught Marji that the world is cruel and that life has unexpected, unfortunate tragedies. She quickly adapted to this situation and learned how to comfort someone in sadness. This affected her tone in the next few pages by it being more stern and persistent in response to the abrupt halt to Mehri’s happiness. Marji’s next obstacle is when she encounters beliefs of someone that are drastically different than her own.
Mallard who has been told that her husband has been killed in an accident. She was very upset. Just like every woman 's husband dies and they crys, like that Mrs. Mallard was feeling for her husband and she was missing him very badly. In her room she can truly express what she is feeling but she can not express her feelings in front of her family. In other word we can tell that she knows her place in society.