Thursday, September 3, 2015
I really liked what we did in class today so I just wanted to elaborate on it some more by describing how these different characters that we discussed become solitary. One that I found especially interesting was Meme because I don't think that her solitude is truly her fault. Her and her mother don't really get along from the start. Although she has a better relationship with her father, he doesn't even live with her; he lives with Petra Cotes because even he doesn't get along with Fernanda. As she grows up, she falls in love with a boy and proceeds to meet with him secretly. As you may remember, once her mother finds out about her meetings with him (in the bathroom, especially), she lies and says that he is coming every night to steal her chickens and has him shot. He is yet another person that Meme loses a relationship with. After this event, Meme refuses to speak to anybody and her mother, Fernanda, sends her away to a boarding school, isolating her from all of the people she's ever known. Then, in the boarding school, her child (from her lover that her mother shot) is taken from her and brought back to Fernanda. Throughout the book she in some way loses everyone that ever meant anything to her.