Life In Gina Berriault's Lives Of The Saints

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“The Birthday Party”, “The Stone Boy” and “Lives of the Saints”, three of Gina Berriault’s selected stories have clearly shown the complexities of a child’s life. The absence of attention, love and empathy in these children’s lives can be seen throughout their thoughts, which shows their feeling of abandonment and isolation. In “Lives of the Saints”, the story begins with Milo introducing himself to his own father, whom had refused to accept the fact that Milo was his son. The words that Milo uses has a sense of uncertainty and plead, as he asks his father, “I wonder if you recognize me. I’m Milo your son” (p.67). This shows that Milo still seeks his father’s attention and he is still in the hope of being accepted. He is a teenage boy, and in the period of his life where he is in the most need of a role model, someone whom he can rely on. This is evident where Milo states that he would like to love the man his mother had married to, which shows how much a father’s presence was empty in Milo’s life. He clipped pictures of is father from the magazines and rode the bus to look at his father’s sculptures when he was a child. This shows that Milo was obsessed with is father from the very beginning and is trying his best to somehow relate himself to the creations of his father, the sculptures. His father…show more content…
The failure of his attempt to gain his mother’s forgiveness caused him to give up from the surrounding world. He was frightened by his answer to his mother the next morning, lying that he didn’t want anything the night before. He had decided to detach from the world, but was afraid he could never go back to the normal days. Arnold remained in his own confusion in the end of the

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