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.
My final example of my theme in my book is in chapter 31. In chapter 31, Arthur Radley is still struggling with his fear of society so Scout decides to let him see Jem. After his odd time with Jem, he wishes to be taken home, so Scout shows kindness and walks him home, hand in hand. Similar to the time period this story takes place in, there are many dark things going on in the world in all parts. People are being murdered, hurt, and raped, and yet kindness is the light that shines through those dark times with the help of many people.
The speaker mentions that his passed wife didn’t quite understand these things and that’s basically why she’s no longer here. Yet, in the The Voice, the theme of death is explored by showing grief. Both for his beloved wife and his youth self. It can also be seen throughout the poem that his grieving process is making him confused on whether he can hear or see her. Either way, it can be seen that he truly loved her and mourns on her
Sonny and Mabel, two of the main characters in “Sonny’s Blues” and “The Horse Dealer’s Daughter” are surprisingly very similar, especially when it comes to the conflicts they face during their lives. In “Sonny’s Blues” the narrator and Sonny deal with the death of both their mother and their father, they lost their mother at a young age, in the story the narrator talks about when he and Sonny first lost their mother and the conversation they had the first time they were alone following her death (Baldwin 51). Sonny struggled with many things in his life but the source of a lot of his pain may have been due to the loss of his mother at a young age. In “The Horse Dealer’s Daughter” it states, “ And she lived in the memory of her mother, who had died when she was fourteen, and whom she had loved”(Lawrence 458). Both Sonny and Mabel struggled with the loss of their mothers.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams both feature a character who is unwilling to let go of the past. In The Great Gatsby, we see that Gatsby, the main character’s neighbor, longs for the love that he used to have with a girl he met before going off to war, Daisy. In “The Glass Menagerie” Amanda Wingfield, the mother of the Tom Wingfield the main character, is always rambling on about the past relationships she had. She only knew how to talk about that, and so it was the focus of each conversation she had. We see both, Gatsby and Amanda, not being able to move on from something that they cherished so much but that is long gone now.
Similarly, Odysseus also sees his dead mother, Anticlea and she tells him of how she died from a heartbreak after mourning for his return. Seeing the dead spirit of his mother he “grieves... through pang on pang of tears” (11.63-64). Odysseus shows sympathy towards his mother because he realizes that he has caused not only her, but also his father, wife, and son to grieve and suffer due to his absence. Although Odysseus is a warrior to his enemies, he after all, is a loving husband, father, and a son to the people he cares for. Odysseus proves that being a hero is not solely about strength, fearlessness, and victory.
As I explained above, both stories are alike because the main characters die before they can tell their family about the peace making. In the both stories the conflicts between the families have been going on for many years, the main characters make peace, and the characters die before they can tell their families. The similarities and differences in Romeo and Juliet and The Interlopers help the theme that hatred causes tragedy and violence. In both stories the characters tried to make peace, but death do all part, until families realize and make
Poe explored all themes that were dark and creepy. Poe experienced lots of loss as a young man. He lost multiple people he loved throughout his life. Some most of the important poems he wrote was the “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee”. Poe carried his idea of death throughout these poems to capture his common themes, which was death and loss.
He talks briefly about society's expectations of bereavement, hardship of loss and moving on. Both Praise song for my mother and Long Distance have the themes of parental relationship, love and reflection. They both also have similarities in central themes of letting go, moving on and death of parents. The title long distance might be a euphemism for death. In Long Distance the persona’s father is still in disbelief about his wife's death and hasn’t been able to let go and accept.
Andromache grieves how hard her and her son, Astyanax, lives will be now that Hektor is dead and that she wished for more intimacy the final days she had with him. Hekabe mourns the death of her son. Helen admires the friendship she had with Hektor and that he befriended her especially when other people would