In the novel Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, love is highlighted as exclusiveness in some cases, and in other cases is shown as both constructive and destructive to different relationships. In Michael and Leoni’s instance, their relationship is toxic and exclusive. This means that they can’t find anyone else to be with when they are feeling empty or distressed. In Jojo and Kayla and Jojo and Pop’s instance, their relationships are positive. Kayla lacks a mother figure and a guardian, so Jojo works to support her. Pop has gone through horrible events in his life, from losing Given to Michael’s Cousin to his fateful events in Parchman when he was trying to protect Richie. In this novel, the theme of love is depicted as dependence and fulfillment, …show more content…
At the beginning of the novel, Jojo, Misty, Leoni, and Kayla are preparing to leave for Parchman jail to pick up Michael. Jojo describes how he walks up to Pop before he leaves: “I stepped into Pop and Hugged Him. I couldn’t remember the last time I had, but it seemed important to do then”(61). The phrase, “It seemed important to do then”, demonstrates how empathetic Jojo is to the events Pop experienced at Parchman Jail. Being in Parchman for so long brought much pain and suffering into Pop’s life. After their hug, Pop says “You a man, You hear?”(61). This highlights how Pop believes Jojo can handle this situation, but it also shows how Pop reassures himself that nothing like what he experienced with Richie will occur this time. The reader can assume that Pop’s only thoughts at this moment are of Richie getting tortured at Parchman prison and how eventually Pop had to kill him for safety. At the beginning of the book, Jojo was deemed, “not a real man” after the grandfather and grandson were killing and skinning a goat. Jojo and Pop are fulfilling each other's needs, proving their tight bond as a grandfather and …show more content…
During the visit to Big Al’s house on the way to Parchman, Kayla is still feeling ill and Leoni suggests that she tries and recreates one of Mam’s special recipes. Jojo recalls how poorly the last attempt went for Leoni. When she created the potion she threw the remains of it on the back step and Jojo later found a dead animal lying next to the spot of the potion. After Leoni feeds the concoction to Kayla, Jojo hurries her to their room. Jojo decides to make Kayla throw up by sticking his finger down her throat. Jojo describes, “I turn off the light and go back into the room and wipe her with my shirt and lay in the bed with her, scared that Leonie is going to walk in and find all that red throw-up in the bathroom, find out how I made Kayla throw-up Leonie's potion” (118). In this scene, Jojo proves the complete absence and ignorance of Leonie. The Mother is supposed to be the one helping their daughter, not hurting her. The fact that Jojo calls Leonie’s concoction a “potion” shows how untrustworthy Leonie is as a person, and as a mother. Jojo also mentions that he is scared Leonie will find out about him making Kayla throw up. After Kayla finishes throwing up, Jojo remembers the feeling of when his finger was down her throat. He knew that Kayla was trying to communicate “I love you. Why do you make me, Jojo?”. The simple words “I love you”,
After Misty Leonie, Jojo, and Kayla visit the drug dealer's home stocked with goods, Jojo reveals that he stole food: “I open my stolen bottle and drink the juice down, then pour half the other bottle into Kayla's sippy cup. I hand one cracker to Kayla and slide one into my mouth” (89). Inside the dealer's home, Jojo and Kayla witnessed
Tita made Mama Elena ox-tail soup but she spit it out. Tita couldn’t believe her mother’s poor behavior where it says, “Instead of obeying her, Tita turned away, trying not to let her mother see her frustration. She didn’t understand Mama Elenas attitude. She never had understood it.
In their eyes were watching god just before marrying Logan Janie claims that “husbands and wives always loved each other, and that was what marriage meant. ”(21) however Janie never fell in love with Logan and her false reality of what these titles meant fell apart. This theme stays consistent throughout Both Novels Sing Unburied Sing and Their Eyes Were Watching God which both display that titles such as parent and spouse don’t always determine who is right for the role. Janie's relationships with her first two husbands respectively show that love does not come out of marriage. Before Janie's first marriage, she was naive to what marriage was and how it would work.
Jack’s mom was calling him to come downstairs. Jack was in his room which was upstairs. But after his mom had said,”Come down now, It’s important.” When his mom said that Jack’s stomach churned. His mom was talking in a serious voice that filled him with fear.
‘“What you want me to sing?’ I ask, even though she never tells me…she loves to hear me sing” (Ward 19-20). This is the first time of many that Jojo sings to Kayla throughout Sing, Unburied, Sing. While song shows up many times during the novel, its meaning doesn’t become apparent until much later in the story, when the dead tell more of their story, and characters can finally hear the titular song of the novel. The title, Sing, Unburied, Sing, acts as a command towards both the unfairly dead, and towards the living, as both are unburied.
This quote goes to show that Leonie’s sense of identity by the end of the story doesn’t change very much from the beginning of the story and it could even be argued that she becomes worse. This poor sense of identity that Leonie holds throughout the story may have partly to do with the death of her close family members and her son Jojo states that “I think I understand Leonie. I think I know something about what she feels. That maybe I know a little bit about why she left after mam died, why she slapped me, why she ran” (Pg. 279). The dialogue that Jojo gives the reader helps gives insight on the identity issues that Leonie faces at the end of the
Since birth, Jojo’s only guidance is through a semi-bond with his grandparents. As the novel moves on, Jojo becomes closer to his grandfather through Pop’s storytelling. Therefore, when Pop found the courage to tell Jojo this tragic story, he was able to surrender his emotional trauma by telling Jojo, and Jojo was ultimately able to relieve Richie of the enduring mystery of his death. This instance of Jojo healing both Pop and Richie allows him to overcome some of the anguish that is rooted in his parent's absence. One last example of Jojo healing the people around him is when Jojo rejects Leonie’s feeble-minded attempt at creating a potion for Kayla that seems to make her feel worse: “I carry Kayla into the bathroom and stick my finger down her throat and make her throw up… all the while, my heart beating so hard I can hear it in my ears, because I knew what Kayla was saying.
Love is a universal human emotion explored in many ways through writing. In novels, romance is shown to be a common theme. It is used to show love in ways that readers can sympathize and relate to, but love can also be shown in different ways. There is more to love than romantic feelings for another person. For example, people show immense pride and love for their family, friends, culture, and even themselves.
I'm sick…. He hurt me, Mommy! He kept hurting me and hurting me, Mommy, and I'm not eating any more of your-... Im empty”(282). She lets go of her pain towards her mother, she is finally free of that pain and anger towards her mom.
His only person to confide in, Valentine, his sister, was ripped away from him and then used against him by Graff. Not only are they unreliable, but the adults lie to him and manipulate. Kessel questions whether this is a healthy thing to to a young child, and whether or not it should be passed on to the young-adult audience of this book. Well, it shouldn’t. Creating this tragic and dramatic example of a 6-year-old is a terrible thing to introduce to such impressionable people.
The opening paragraph of Sing, Unburied, Sing, reveals the backbone of the novel and it gives readers an insightful manner in how the rest of the novel will progress with the turn of every page. Jojo’s bold claim about death in the first lines, makes death a prominent theme that the characters cannot escape from and it becomes an important sustenance to each of them as they face their personal demons that plague them constantly throughout the novel. The reoccurring theme of death presents a larger and deeper subject matter that goes beyond the traumatization of losing a loved one to death. The first paragraph in addition gives readers a clear picture of Jojo as a character. Similar to The Bluest Eye, Jesmyn Ward presents readers with the set-up of the novel with only a few words from one of the main characters.
She finally forgets about him when she finds out he is not even her biological father. The terrible family she came from is no longer her family. She now has finally cut of all of the bad family, except for Mr. ____. Later on, she finds out that Pa has died. The bond is completely broken, making way for others to replace it.
The characters perceptions of the meaning of love differ vastly, leading them to lose sight of love’s meaning or purpose.
If both situations were handled properly, there would have been minimal conflicts. This leads the reader to believe that love was not the problem in these cases; it was the
These emotions are symbolized by the taste of the soup. After she tastes the soup, Mama Elena is convinced that Tita is putting something dangerous in her food. She thinks, “But now there couldn’t be any doubt that Tita intended to poison her slowly in order to marry Dr. Brown. From that day on, she absolutely refused to eat anything that Tita had cooked” (133). Mama Elena believes that Tita, her own daughter, is trying to kill her just so she can get married.