An unfortunate common theme for this section of “The Warmth of Other Sons”, was loss. There were many individuals who suffered loss of a loved one in this section which concluded to some losing a part of themselves. I believe that Robert suffered the most loss. Robert’s love for Alice was very evident. It was specifically shown when he described their anniversary and the roses Robert would arrange for Alice every year. Wilkerson writes, “Each year I added one red rose to that bouquet...Each anniversary one more ribbon” (2010 pg 444). Like most individuals in this section, Alice died young at only fifty-four. Her loss fed into the addiction of Robert’s gambling. He now had nothing holding him back from making a day trip to Vegas whenever he pleased. His addiction caught up to his professional life and we was involved at an altercation at the hospital. From that moment, his reputation was damaged and a heart attack forced him to give up his job for good. Losing Alice was only the start of Roberts loss in the years to come. As soon as she was gone, it was a downhill spiral for him. Losing Alice led to Robert losing himself. …show more content…
Wilkerson writes about George, she says, “George had an enlarged heart and had already suffered two heart attacks” (2010, pg 448). Ida Mae was away when George passed, Wilkerson writes in Ida Mae’s memory, Ida Mae remembers, “The doctors said he’s never pull out of another one” (2010, pg 449). Ida Mae referring to a heart attack, she did not know leaving that weekend it would be the last time she saw her husband. With the loss of George, Ida Mae had to find her new role in her family and the new responsibilities she would take on. Unlike Robert, Ida Mae was able to hold herself together, but the loss did take a toll on her. After being married for years and living her life surrounded by her husband, continuing to live life is hard for
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Family reunions are often used to dwell upon the past and reflect upon one’s life. Richard Rodriguez, in is his passage, goes to extreme lengths to explain to the reader his carefully taken observation of his family’s life. Looking deeper into the words and feelings of the passage, Rodriguez portrays a sense of strong family values. It is apparent (by his selective use of diction and narrative structure found throughout the passage) that Rodriguez is writing to a more mature, experienced audience. As a mature writer, Rodriguez knows that the best way to connect with his audience is through the one day responsible for some of their greatest childhood memories -- Christmas.
Rosengren begins his article “Losing It All” by introducing a man named Scott Stevens. Stevens, at age 52, was consumed by his addiction to casino gambling, forcing him to end his own life. This man, as Rosengren explains, couldn’t control himself from gambling away up to $4 million; most of this money was from stealing company funds (Stevens worked at an investment firm). Rosengren tells the story of Scott Stevens to emphasize the destructiveness of gambling addiction.
When Mildred became depressed, she took pill after pill, perhaps trying to commit suicide. When she isn’t overdosing on pills, she is always listening to her seashells, watching the family or driving one-hundred miles per hour down a road. Once in awhile, she may invite some other ladies to come over and watch the family with her, but that is about it.
This world seems to strive every day to take away what we hold dear. Whether it be a precious possession, our abilities, or even someone close to us, none of them will last forever. Three short stories, “Gwilan’s Harp” by Ursula K. LeGuin, “The Washwoman” by Isaac Singer, and “The Last Leaf” by O. Henry, all contain elements of loss. But not every character in each story loses the same things, nor do they deal with the loss the same ways.
Alice is basically forced into loving Rufus because if she doesn’t love him back he’ll punish her and there is no escape for her. When Alice tried to run from Rufus things didn’t turn out as planned, she got caught and was punished for her actions. Later on Dana finds Alice’s body and problems start to ravel. “It twisted sharply, broke away from him. He caught me, trying not to hurt me.
and she knew she never would be happy in life. Mildred never had any exciting thing to look forward to in her life nor did she have any memories that she could cherish. She wanted to die, like many others in her society. This was caused by the government’s control that’s being put on the citizens. This occurs very often in this society and she is also damaged like everyone else in her society.
This shows how much Rufus truly loved Alice, no matter how much people try to argue against it. The reason why Dana travelled back was merely because Rufus’s life was at stake when he knew that Alice was dead. He couldn’t live without her. One can’t get rid of any emotions that they had towards another previously; it always sticks with them. A person can’t forget about a heartbreak or a loss; that’s what makes love so
However, the narrator is burdened by his or her past experiences and is distracted from their current partner as a result. Furthermore, in The Wars we are met with a less metaphorical representation of memories having an evocative effect on the life of Robert Ross. Early in the novel, we learn that Robert lost his sister, to whom he was incredibly close: “Jesus. She fell.
A tight feeling arose in his chest when he thought of his mother, Lila. Ever since he was a boy she had cooked his meals, scrubbed his clothes on the washboard, and sung him and his sister to sleep each night. A painful realization occurred to Sir Rogerson when he knew those days were long
(Bradbury 7) while Dave had only been gone a day on his trip. She explained to Dave that even though she tried to smother him when she came back he was alive. She then tried starving him and not giving him any attention. But, the baby still lived. In the episode, the doctor explains to Dave how Alice wanted to kill the baby.
LOSS, GRIEF AND HEALING As human beings, we suffer losses of many kinds and sizes in our life time. While some of these losses are small and do not hurt much, some are big and hurt deeply. Those that are accompanied by pains that are difficult to bear include the loss of a loved one through death or divorce, cheating or unfaithfulness in a trusted relationship or loss of good health when a diagnosis of a terminal illness is made. In all these instances of loss, pain and grief are experienced and an emotional wound is created which needs healing.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland can be described as a work of fantasy and literary nonsense. The story follows seven-year-old Alice, as she falls down a rabbit hole and enters a strange and absurd world