Saint Maybe

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Saint Maybe
By: Shanna Gonzales
English 3- 4/5
December 7, 2005

Ann Tyler's Saint Maybe is a complex work that analyzes the grieving process and the human need to reconcile for our sins or wrong doings. At the beginning of the book the Bedloe's are described as the perfect family, much similar to that of a 50's sitcom. Mr. Bedloe is a hard working husband and caring father. And Mrs. Bedloe is a neat cheerful wife and mother. While their children achieve average to excelling academic scores and are athletically as well as socially inclined. Their youngest child, Ian, is even described as being, "handsome and easy going, quick to make friends, fond of a good time." But as soon after the lose of their oldest son, Danny, all of the Bedloes begin to under go personality changes related to the lose. Each family member grieves in their own way, but each follows the general process: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. In the beginning of the book, the Bedloes are surprised to hear that there oldest son is engaged to a divorcee with two children. Yet, feeling it is not their place to interfere, they all put on a happy face and welcome Lucy and her children into the family. Lucy is strikingly beautiful and kind. But soon Lucy begins stir up doubts amongst Danny's family. Soon after the wedding Danny and Lucy announce that they are pregnant. Lucy to plump out almost immediately, and the baby is born only seven months after the wedding. Although Lucy claims the baby was premature, it appears to rosy checked and pudgy to be premature. This is the first cause for suspicion among the family. Claudia and Ian, Danny's brother and sister, begin to suspect that the baby is not Danny's at all. On thanksgiving they discuses with each other their suspicions while carving the turkey, when Claudia tells Ian that she thinks Lucy hoodwinked Danny into marrying her because she knew she was pregnant. Ian becomes outraged and insists that they must talk sense into...
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