Steven Herrick’s free verse novel “By the River” displays the struggles of grief and loss that the characters endure as well as some effective coping mechanism they utilise. Various characters such as the protagonist, Harry and his father display the issues of grief and loss and clearly demonstrate ways in which they cope with it. Harry and his father cope through the death of their mother and wife in different ways. The protagonist has to deal with the loss of his close friend, Linda which turns out to be a great struggle but he manages to survive it. Loss can be felt through death as well as someone leaving your life.
The reassurance of a home life in life when nothing is going your way. Paul returned home when he was put on medical leave. He reminisced on his childhood and went home to see his family and was heartbroken when his mother informed him about her being sick and has cancer. So even when Paul expects a warm return, he is faced with a sad truth and if that isn’t enough, he has to lie to his mom about the experiences of the front line, so his mom won’t worry. Simpler times such as childhood memories become a constant reminder of what life used to be like.
The timeless theme explored in The Glass Castle is forgiveness. Jeannette spends her whole life forgiving her parents over and over for the choices they made that adversely impacted DeBortoli 2 and ratty clothes plus stealing their money and sometimes their souls, Rex and Rose Mary didn’t deserve forgiveness. However, Jeannette and her brother and sisters always find a way to welcome their parents back into their hearts. The Glass Castle is narrated in the first person by Jeannette Walls as she relates her
His father died shortly after and Poe suffered greatly during his life not being able to claim to have “known” his parents. Poe did indeed gain another motherly figure, Francis Allen, who also ended up passing away early in his life. He also was faced with the challenge of losing his wife. Poe lost some of the most important people in a man’s life, the women they love. Out of the supplementary of works Poe had written, I personally had found his poem “The Raven” uniquely interesting because it closely expresses the devastation that Poe went through throughout his life.
Bonnie, Tookie’s wife, had spoken to Stanley before his execution and he himself had told her that he was tired. He was tired of fighting for himself and for people to see that he had made a change to himself. Tookie basically told his wife that he wanted to die and that he did not care or mind his execution at all. Tookie’s execution although he had changed and twenty- six years after his trial was an oxymoron. It was an oxymoron because it contradicted itself.
David has grown up because of these three main experiences losing people he loved very dearly, standing up for the people he cares about and going against his parent’s rules and beliefs. David met tons of people while he was coming of age that impacted him greatly but lots of them were taken out of his life too quickly. David lost his first close friend Sophie very suddenly. Sophie was the first person David felt he could be his true self with. When she had to flee because she was a mutant David lost a big part of himself too.
But, he clings on to the little hope he has of survival until he loses his next oldest brother causing him to feel as if he wants to die; he’s ready for it. Later in the novel, it seems, Vahan realizes he is the man of the family now, and must keep alive their name. He recognizes that even though his family has been torn apart, and most of them are dead, he must save what is left. Vahan personifies his father; he does not feel strong enough to carry on but he knows his father would have been able to fight through the hurt. Due to having his role models removed from his life, it makes Vahan dig deep and become his own role model helping him to never give up until he finds a home again.
However, Norman Bowker, never learns to move on; consequently, he ends up killing himself due to all of the guilt he feels. The ghosts of guilt that come from war have long-lasting, and almost permanent effects. They haunt an individual through their life, but it’s matter of coping, and letting it all go so that one’s soul can be cleansed. Tim was able to carry on with his life, but Norman was killed by the
Leadership as a Catalyst for Change Title Page: Megan Lindsey Kenwood Academy High School Elie Wiesel’s negative experiences through the Holocaust witnessing his father die right before his eyes caused him to question his faith in God still to this day wondering how he survived; realizing these events shaped his life making him stronger allowing him to speak out and write his memoir Night. Elie Wiesel was growing weaker with each day of pain and suffering that he endured willing him to want to just give up. According to Wiesel (1960): I did not weep, and it pained me that I could not weep. But I was out of tears. And deep inside me, if I could have searched the recesses of my feeble conscience, I might have found something
Some people also believe that stress is a cause for some cases of child abuse (Tollefson). T.Ray has been stressing a lot because he has the weight of his wife being dead on his back and T.Ray is a single dad taking care of three people so that can be a reason why he is abusing Lily. Emotional Abuse is a parents or caretakers word or actions that harm a child emotionally, mentally, or socially (Henry 14). Your sorry mother ran off and left you. The day she died, she came back and got her things that’s all (Kidd 40).