The Piano Man's Daughter Character Analysis

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Vanessa Martino Ms. Oliverio ENG 3U1 17 December 2015 CPT Essay The Piano Man’s Daughter Timothy Irving Frederick Findley Asignificant author often leaves an impact on the reader or some sort of lesson to be learned by the end of the novel. Upon reading the novel The Piano Mans Daughter authored by Timothy Findley, I personally learned many lessons and found many events to be relatable to the struggles and lives of the modern teen. Timothy is a significant Canadian author as his personal struggle enables him to address human struggle in an authentic way. In the novel, Findley negates the idea of the nuclear family and showing real life family dynamics. Through out the novel, the struggles the characters endure help teens relate to struggles…show more content…
Many teens struggle while trying to find themselves and dealing with pressured situations. The novel The Piano Man’s Daughter characters deals with scenarios that many teens can relate to. Numerous amounts of teenagers today suffer from some sort of mental illness. Weather it is depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder etcetera, according to the Mental Health Commission of Canada approximately 70% of young adults struggle with some sort of mental illness. In the novel, Lily struggles with mental illness that leads her to live her life in a mental asylum. When teens read this book, they can find comfort in relating to a character that has the same struggles as they do and feels a personal connection. Many teens also live with only one parent, they either have divorced parents, one parent has passed or one parent is simply just not present. This can make their lives difficult and take a toll on their emotions. In the novel The Piano Man’s Daughter, a major conflict is protagonist Charlie not knowing who his father is. This creates an obsession within Charlie because he is now so concerned of his life turning out like his father and…show more content…
She is speaking about her husband who passed, Tom. Her speech displays how even though he is gone her love for him is eternal. Many teens enjoy reading about love, it is a captivate theme that everyone can relate to. There fore many teens can relate to mental illness, family issues and love, which are key topics that are discussed throughout the text The Piano Man’s Daughter. In conclusion, Timothy Findley is a significant Canadian author as his personal struggle enables him to address human struggle in an authentic way. In the novel, Findley negates the idea of the nuclear family and showing real life family dynamics. Through out the novel, the struggles the characters endure help teens relate to struggles they may encounter. Overall, Findley is an outstanding author who was loved by many. The novel is a great read which should be read in the ENG 3U course and is relatable to teens. Literature is a great way to captivate the mind and seek comfort in. The Piano Man’s Daughter executes all of the elements of a great book perfectly. Works Cited Findley, Timothy. The Piano Man 's Daughter. New York: Crown, 1995. Print. "Timothy Findley." Canadian Writers, Athabasca
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