Mademoiselle Magazine: a Christmas Memory

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“A Christmas Memory”, which was written by Truman Capote and originally published in Mademoiselle Magazine in December 1956, is a meaningful and emotional story about family. In which, the characters of a family are defined especially:” Family is not only a shelter but also a safe place to care, share memories, sacrifice, and love.” There are many definitions about family. One of them is “A family consists of two or more people (one of whom is the householder) related by birth, marriage, or adoption residing in the same housing unit “(US Census Bureau.) Its main functions are to produce and reproduce persons, biologically and/or socially; share material substances (such as food, shelter.) However, two family members (Buddy and his cousin) in “A Christmas Memory” are connected with each other not only by consanguinity but also by love and friendship. The story employs a first-person narrator who is called Buddy –a seven-year-old boy, but it is not his real name. It was given by his distant cousin who is “sixty-something” and is described as “still a child.” Though it is so sad that the more Buddy grows up, the older his friend is. His friend used to realize: “… I guess I hate to see you grow up. When you’re grown up, will we still be friends?” But, their innocence keeps them be best friends despite age. Besides, both of them are poor and lonely. They are considered outsiders by their family. “Other people inhabit the house, relatives; and though they have power over us, and frequently make us cry, we are not, on the whole, too much aware of them.” (“A Christmas Memory”, p.2) Throughout the story, other family members did not appear too much except for two occasions: One is when the Buddy’s friend let Buddy drink the leftover whiskey, the relatives yelled at her and brought up cousins and uncles who were involved in scandals and humiliated the family. This hurts Buddy’s friend and makes she cried all night. Another is on the Christmas morning when they gave Buddy...
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