In “The Story of a Mother,” after having lost her child to illness, a mother goes through several obstacles in an attempt to reunite with her lost child. The writer puts the mother through all these trails to show her selflessness and desperation to the readers, some of whom had to go through a similar struggle with the loss of a child. In the end the bleeding and blind mother decides to leave her child in deaths garden so it might have a chance at beautiful afterlife. This story teaches the lesson to not kill yourself, in an attempt change the unchangeable. Not being able to give her child the wonderful life on earth, the mother finds comfort in leaving the child in God’s care.
The poet compares the bird with the daughter in which in the poem the daughter is struggling with her assignment just like the bird was also struggling to fly. Just like the bird the father wants his daughter to overcome any obstacle she may face. “I wish what I wished for you before, but harder.” This quote shows the father’s concern for his daughter’s well being, making sure that her daughter can do better than what he asks for. The poem suggests that the father shows a good amount of concern for his daughter; through different uses of metaphors the author allows us to interpret more than between the
Peters and Mrs. Hale find the birdcage hidden in the kitchen cabinets, it is a form of symbolism to the confinement Minne was experiencing in her own home. Mrs. Hale also makes a point to the men that she doesn’t communicate with her neighbor as much as she would have liked because the house “never seemed a cheerful place.” The lack of communication to those outside of her house may have lead Minnie to her decision to murder her husband. The broken hinge on the birdcage and the dead bird leads the reader to believe that Mr. Wright was an abusive husband. The bird symbolizes the true essence of Minne’s spirit and happiness. Just like Mr. Wright killed the bird, he also “killed” his wife’s singing spirit.
Though this may be the case, however, in discussing poetry as literature, we should avoid overtly biographizing or psychologizing these works. Also, we should be cautious that the creative persona “I” may not be necessarily recognized as the poet herself. Northrop Frye once suggests that “we shall find Emily Dickinson most rewarding if we look in her poems for what her imagination has created, nor for what event may have suggested it.” (qtd. in Kher: 3) There are many poems to do with her feelings of being bereaved such as “I never lost as much but twice” (J 49), “After great pain, a formal feeling comes –” (J 341), “My Life closed twice before its close” (J 1732). In these poems, the lost object is never identified but only the feeling of lost is implied in the
Wilbur also juxtaposes in each stanza the view of the parent with the view of the child. While the initial stanza is a peaceful sounding description of a parent calming a child's irrational fear of owl's, "We tell the child that all she heard Was an odd question from a forest bird, Asking of us, if rightly listened to, 'Who cooks for you?' and then 'Who cooks for you?'" While the child took the owl's question as a terror, the owl was simply reminding her of the ever presence of her parents, the one's that cook for her. However, the second stanza presents a
Personal life capabilities helps one to overcome the obstacle of loss by facing similar situations and getting used to a new environment. In fact, losing a loved one helps an individual to prepare to face similar situations in the future. For example, Addy loses so many people throughout the novel that she eventually gets used to it. To handle the death of her first baby, Addy decides to leave Detroit and find another home: "The wind shook the windowpanes and the house on Chestnut Street groaned at the loss of yet another soul. Addy was still weak from the efforts of her labour, and still sore and bleeding, but she knew she had to leave and she had to leave today" (Lansens 271).
The main literary devices that show the theme of the story would be Foreshadowing and tone. Foreshadowing shows the theme of the story easily. The vignette “Born Bad” says “We didn’t know. She had been dying such a long time, we forgot. Maybe she was ashamed.
Sal reflects, “sometimes you just wanted to be alone with the birds of sadness” (169). Salamanca is giving Phoebe space to let her feelings out. Salamanca understands what Phoebe is going through, since she went through it herself. A third example of this theme occurs in Chapter 41 when Gram has a stroke, and Gramps will not leave her bedside in the hospital. An intern tries to get Gramps to leave the room, since Gram has no idea he’s there.
The narrator is clearly miserable with her life and considers suicide to be the only solution. Killing herself would relieve the pain she feels on a daily basis. “Daddy” is another poem that demonstrates Plath’s common death by suicide theme. In the poem, she writes that “At twenty I tried to die / And get back, back, back to you. / I thought even the bones would do (Plath 58-60)”.
Alexis Chappell November 7, 2011 English Final Draft Compare and Contrast In the poem “When Death Comes” by Mary Oliver she talks about how death is to her. The author explains that death comes for everyone at anytime but it our job to see what we do with our lives before it arrives. Oliver talks about how she is more curious about death compared to other people who feel it. Mary focuses the whole poem on death, but she makes it stand out in a different way she turns the most negative part in life into the most positive. Mary by using images to make us see that life isn’t meant to waste.