Family Themes in BooksThe family in books
Case study on family as a literary topic
Nobody can deny the importance of family. Be it affectionate or trying, our relationship with our parent, child and sibling - or the absence of such relationship - can have a big influence on our life. And the same applies to literature figures. Her faith in the family can be questioned, redesigned or confirmed through her travels through history.
Today's issue of Theme: The soul of a story is immersed in the family as a literal subject. Using samples from books of two different kinds, we then juxtapose the dynamism and pattern we find, and think about how we can research the notion of family in our own work. 14-year-old Susie Salmon observes from the sky in The Lovely Bones as the humans she loved try to continue after her violent assassination.
Looking at her close friend and murderer, Susie devotes most of the rest of the novel to observing her family. By the time they get there, their dad Jack is feeling relief that they're safely away. After Susie's passing, her readiness to take on such a ripe part shows how much she appreciates her family.
The Rebel Queen is a notional report about Sita Bhosale's existence as a member of the Durga Dal, the feminine watch that protects Rani (Queen) Lakshmibai from the British invasion of India in the 1850s. Sita' s main motive for entering the guard force, however, is not riches or appreciation. Throughout history, India's tradition emphasizes that a bride's family must give her man a gift.
Sita' s family cannot provide enough dowry for Sita and Anuja with a father who is a widow and no brother. Consequently, her dad encouraged Sita to practice for the Durga Dal to compensate for Anuja's marriage. Often, this idea of obligation appears in Sita's young life as an oral reminder of family members and their coach ("Who will help this family when your dad is too old to work?
Finally the concept is anchored in Sita's consciousness. Sita wrote a note to Anuja after she joined Durga Dal, showing that her sister's futures are not just an interest, but a priority: Relations, connections, relations, relations - that alone is the secret to lighting the family as a literal subject.
The Lovely Bones and Rebel Queen both depend on inner family interaction to bring the idea home: The Salmon and Bhosale fight to stay together in their story. Susie's family and sibling quarrel, diverge and make up several different ways; while Sita's grandma often expresses her condemnation of Sita's education.
In both extracts, the circumstance of a narrative can lead to a situation in which a character questions his or her responsibilities to the family (Abigail and Maternity in The Lovely Bones) or likes to take on new parts (Lindsey in The Lovely Bones, Sita in Rebel Queen). "Mirror" families: Giving insights into the life of other family members gives the protagonists - and the reader - a different view of the subject.
She often guards the family of her first lover Ray Singh and matches them to her own. Sita on the other side contrast the kindness of her trainer's family with Rani Lakshmi's mistrust of her own state. Matrimony, birth and other landmarks are great ways to highlight the family issue.
Anuja' s marriage is one of the rebel queen's high points, while The Lovely Bones shows Lindsey's betrothal to Samuel. Familiar love: In spite of the difficulties and tensions, both parents try to show sympathy and understand. Concerning Sita, she never resented Anuja despite the victims she made for her. Indeed, both nuns are growing together because Sita's efforts to become a Dourgavasi.
Different families are different, which means that there are innumerable ways to consider the family as a subject. The way you discover it depends on the outer conflicts of your storyline and the characters of the hero. They have a deep impact on the dynamic of your protagonist's family and can ultimately alter your protagonist's perception of the family.
So, what kind of tales have you been reading about exploring the family? Did you write a history about a family? Are there any difficulties or conflict in your history that might call these relations into question? Remember the dynamism of your own family. Which themes would you like to see on them?