Mothr-Daughter Relationship Essay

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Thematic Guide to the AMERICAN NOVEL Lynda G. Adamson GREENWOOD PRESS Thematic Guide to the AMERICAN NOVEL Lynda G. Adamson GREENWOOD PRESS Westport, Connecticut • London In honor of Bill and for Frank, Frank III, and Gregory Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Adamson, Lynda G. Thematic guide to the American novel / by Lynda G. Adamson. p. cm. Includes index. ISBN 0–313–31194–3 (alk. paper) 1. American fiction—Themes, motives—Handbooks, manuals, etc. 2. American fiction—Outlines, syllabi, etc. I. Title. PS373.A33 2002 813.009—dc21 2001040565 British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data is available. Copyright © 2002 by Lynda G. Adamson All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced, by any process or technique, without the express written consent of the publisher. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 2001040565 ISBN: 0–313–31194–3 First published in 2002 Greenwood Press, 88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881 An imprint of Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc. www.greenwood.com Printed in the United States of America The paper used in this book complies with the Permanent Paper Standard issued by the National Information Standards Organization (Z39.48–1984). 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Contents Acknowledgments Introduction Abandonment Absurdity of War Alienation American Dream Battered Women Being and Becoming Bereavement Betrayal Community Compassion Corrupting Power Courage Cultural Conflict Death 88 Disabled Duty 95 101 42 48 55 62 68 75 81 15 21 28 34 ix 1 8 vii Emotional Abuse 108 Family 115 Fathers and Sons Friendship Greed Grotesques 122 128 135 142 vi CONTENTS Healers Immigrant Life Imprisonment Independent Women Injustice Journeys 149 156 163 170 177 184 191 198 205 211 218 225 231 Knowableness of God Loneliness Loss Love Male Behavior Masquerading Mothers and Daughters

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