Mish continues to use imagery to add to the sorrowful tone. This is seen in the line, “the suddenly apparent age lines in her neck” (line 6). This only adds to the sadness that the speaker is feeling and the fact that the age lines are “suddenly apparent” suggests the reader did not realize her mother aging and death caught her off guard, adding to the sorrow tone and highlighting the idyllic way the author viewed her mother when alive. This stanza ultimately sets up the rest of the poem as Mish starts to notice the imperfections and signs of age on her mother. The speaker is transfixed with her mother and the changes that have occurred to her body, especially as they compare to the way in which she saw her mother in
She lives with two sisters, June and May by offering them care and nurturing. She attempts to get her depressed sister, May, who Lily describes as a stranger woman to feel better. She is the one who has lost her twin sister, April, and there her inner pain starts. May’s dead sister is represented as the mirror that she identifies herself with. Her death has broken May who mourns her sister
In “Moving On” Diane Cook creates an emotional wall in order to get through a loss. The female protagonist in the story creates a barrier that helps other people move on with their lives. In this situation the female loses her husband and is sent to an institution to be reprogrammed. When I lost both of my family pets at different times, my reaction to both of them was unalike any other. When someone loses an important person in their life they wind up with something or someone different to fill the void.
The second part of the story is by Mays friend who narrates it according to how she understands it. She says that when May finds the sick lion in her yard she does not involve the police. She instead gives the lion a bowl of milk and soothes him till he dies. According to her the lion had come looking for a place to die. These two stories offer a discussion on how we care about nature at the end of life.
The poet compares this mother to other mothers in the refugee camp to amplify her love for her child and therefore the suffering she has to go through while watching him die. The other mothers are described by the poet as having “long ceased to care”, suggesting that they have tragically given up their jobs of motherhood, heartbreakingly accepting the death of those close to them. However this is contrasted with this mother’s lovingness and refusal to accept the death of her son, portrayed through the short and sharp phrase “but not this one”. Ugly, disturbing, and brutal images of camp-life such as, “the air was heavy
For example, Day 1, Samantha and her parents lost the trust and love they had for each other. Day 2, Juliet lost her relationship with the four girls. Day 3, Samantha gains a relationship with her little sister she could never get along with. The author does this to create a continuous amount amount of allusion. As Samantha lives everyday, she starts it off the exact same way as well as if she didn’t fight through the day to discover why Juliet is trying to take her life.
She becomes depressed after one of her daughters died. Ruth May was killed by a snake and Orleanna feels guilty for her death. As a mother, seeing her daughter die obviously had its impact on Orleanna. Any mother would feel guilt or depression after such a traumatic experience, as parents expect themselves to die before their kids. No parent ever thinks that an event like that will happen
For example, the poem ‘A mother in a refugee camp’ shows the agony in the mother who has to witness her child’s death in front of her eyes as we see from the quote ‘she soon would have to forget’. This makes a clear similarity to line 1 of the poem, of the mother holding her son in the refugee camp with the allusion used of ‘Madonna’ which portrays a scene of Mary and Jesus with an image of affection and tenderness. The poet also states on line 1 to 2 that ‘No Madonna and Child could touch/ her tenderness for a son’ showing the idiomatic language of ‘touch’. This is effectively used because it highlights the beauty of this scene, emphasising once again, the pathos and heartbreak. As for the poem, ‘Prayer before birth’, the evocation of pathos shown, is the plea on line 1, ‘I am not yet born; O hear me’.
Another poem written about a heartbreaking loss is ‘Mother in a Refugee Camp’ by ‘China Achebe’. This poem is about a mother holding her dying son in her weak arms before she buries him, it paints a picture of an un-natural death that gives you a new image of life. The poem describes how the mother is trying to cope the pain she is in and the circumstances and surroundings make the poem even more depressing, she is faking a smile ‘ghost smile’ to overcome her sadness to the loss of her baby. It seems that she’s recently been in a natural disaster or a war and sought shelter in a refugee camp with her dying son, the poem is written in free verse, there is no rhyme scheme and the length of the stanzas are inconsistent. There is a religious reference included in the first line that symbolises Mary and Jesus, sibilance is also used throughout the poem.
By doing this Hosseini allows the reader to connect with and have sympathy for both main female characters. Especially in highly emotional scenes when Mariam sees "Nana dangling" from a tree, having committed suicide and when Laila's parents are killed "It hurts. It hurts to breathe". In contrast Bronte wrote 'Wuthering Heights' in first person but from the perspective of an outsider Lockwood ("I have just returned...) and Nelly, who is still distanced from Catherine and Heathcliff. This could have been used by Bronte to isolate Catherine from the reader.