The message is conveyed through female characters that have felt sorrow and emptiness during and after the war. They have to deal with losing their loved ones, using their bodies as a form of economic support, and being abused by men at war. Regular civilians had to deal with the loss of family members or friends that went to war. Lan had experienced a lot of loss due to the war. Lan told Kien, “‘What a cruel time… and so very long.
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.
This shows that Perry had some issues with his father, which could have affected his personality later on, as one needs to feel the love of a parent. Water is a scarce resource; by using "wasted water" this may imply that Perry's love lasts only for a certain amount of time. Another simile used in the novel was ‘white as a ghost’, which provides a chilling tone. Additionally it reveals Perry's delicate side, because ‘white’ has innocent and pure connotations while ghost has frightening connotations. The use of the simile plays a big role in this as it emphasizes the great amount of fear Perry endured while committing the
The novel Ordinary People by Judith Guest is a story about a family dealing with loss. The story shows the Jarret family dealing with the loss of the eldest son, Buck. The younger son, Conrad, takes it the hardest. Beth and Calvin, the parents, also have to deal with grief as well. I think the loss of Buck is clearly more damaging to Conrad out of the family in his social life, health, and family life.
In “Field Trip,” O’Brien relives a war-time experience. What causes this account to differ so greatly from previous ones, however, is the fact that O’Brien revisits this experience in person rather than through his writing. O’Brien visits the site of Kiowa’s death with his daughter Kathleen who, expectedly, does not appreciate the setting. By visiting this site, O’Brien faces the guilt and horror he faced during the war head-on. He claims that he blamed this site “for what [he] had become, and [he] blamed it for taking away the person [he] had once been” (O’Brien 176).
Despite the fact that his status in the Umuofia tribe was high-ranked, his masculinity seems to bulldoze over the qualities that humanize him. In a section of Psychology & Behavioral Health Vol.2 about fear, the author states, “Fear is an unpleasant emotion that occurs in response to an immediate and identifiable threat, usually of an external nature ” (Moglia). While faced with conflict Okonkwo detects a threat and reacts. In several instances these reactions have caused him immense losses such as the death of his adopted son. Okonkwo's temper always manages to shine through, Things Fall Apart depicts this perfectly by stating, “It is not only Ikemefuna who feels fear… every nerve in Okonkwo tells him this is wrong, but when the moment comes, he kills his adopted son.” The inability for Okonkwo to be weak makes him solely cruel and with a weak father like Unoka he felt forced to adapt opposite ideals.
A person during their time of grievance can go through deep sorrow, anger, denial, depression, and many other symptoms. Joan Didion describes the toll her husband’s death took on her life in The Year of Magical Thinking. Joan also has to go through the pain of her daughter’s nearly fatal illness. During the time of Quintana’s recovery, Joan goes through a long and hard grieving process. Since John has a horrible heart condition, he passes in his living room.
Literary Analysis The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson is the tale of Hayley Kincain, a seventeen year old girl, and her incredibly unstable life with Andy, her father. Andy is a war veteran who suffers from Post-traumatic stress disorder, and is constantly assaulted by horrific memories of the past. Hayley’s mother perished in a car accident soon after Hayley was born, while Andy was still deployed in Iraq. Hayley was raised by her grandmother Barbara until Hayley was seven, at which point Barbara died and Andy returned home to care for Hayley. However, Andy’s past war experiences and the horrifying events that he had seen on the battlefield haunted him endlessly.
Condemned for her loyalties and grieving the loss of her brothers and son, Mary’s life was still to be drastically affected by the war. While continuously in fear for her husband’s safety, Ruth Painter describes how Mary also found herself a convenient target to the enemy for, “to tear down the wife was to tear down the husband.” Returning home alone one day, Mary Lincoln was in a terrible carriage accident after it had been intentionally tampered with in an attempt on the president’s life. While she received a serious head injury, she was also jolted into the realization that her fears for her husband’s life were justified. On another occasion, Mary fell under the clever and manipulative spell of Henry Wikoff. This gentleman was described
I remember how it was painful to hear that some people lost someone close because of a bomb. In Khaled Hosseini’s novel A Thousand Splendid Suns, the narrator shows how Mariam and Laila endure living with their violent husband, Rasheed. They get used to the struggles and hardships that they go through. Mariam struggles in her life after her mother’s suicide that causes a big turning point in her life. Her father forces her to marry Rasheed, a man almost double her age.