The Leap Louise Erdrich Analysis

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“The Leap”, written by Louise Erdrich, is a story about the narrator being brought back in time by the setting around her, she retells her mother’s past, and the sacrifices her mother went through for her daughter. Anna’s, the mother’s, tale was retold by the daughter and uncovered something great within the build-up of suspense. This story has a unique plot line, an amazing theme, a shocking climax, and conflicts within it. The storyline is one of the element that keeps the story moving. The story starts off with the daughter sewing in her room, and she smells the smoke from downstairs, she has a flashback to her mother’s past. She told the story of how her mother met her first husband when she was in the Flying Avalons. Her first husband…show more content…
This story’s theme is that people put their pain and fears behind to save the ones they love. Ana had grabbed ahold of the metal rope instead of her husband’s ankles, he was failing towards the crowd, to potentially save her unborn baby, but the baby actually ended up dying. When the house was burning and her daughter, the narrator, was trapped, she put her past, that she helplessly tried to hide, aside and saved her daughter. Feelings that she didn’t save her first daughter and she wasn’t going to let her born child die. Initially, the story is a calm story of flashbacks but, by the end it shows the sacrifices a mother will do for her children, even if that means hurting herself in the process. In the story “The Leap,” Anna’s daughter tells the story of how her mother put all of her fear and pain behind to save her child. If the story of the death of Anna’s first husband and her unborn child is enough, the narrator adds in the story of when her mother saved her life, but brought back the pain and suffering of her past, before her second daughter. This story is a perfect example of the losses a mother will do to protect her child in the time of a disaster. Anna and her daughter moves people to realize how important their parents
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