“A Journey” English Assignment 2p.
Everyone and everything must die to make room for new people and other things. Destruction is after all is a form of creation. The circle of life is one of the themes Colm Tóibín is dealing with in his short story about the protagonist, Mary “A Journey” from 2006. The story takes place in the protagonists, Mary’s car. She is driving home from the hospital with her depressed son, David. Before the reader hears this, we are told that David was born after nearly 20 years of marriage with Mary´s husband Seamus. David where often staying at Mrs Redmond, who is a lady living near by. Mrs Redmond is lonely after her husband past away just before David was born. Mrs Redmond uses a lot of her time with David, and she is almost substituting her former husband with David. When Mary and David are driving home, David does not want to sit on the front seat, he prefers to stay in the back of the car. Every time Mary opens up to him and tries to start a conversation with him, he answers very shortly and the reader can clearly hear that he do not wish to speak to her. When they are driving, Colm Tóibín is using the car to show the reader how Marys and David’s relationship is “There was no answer. As a car some towards her, she dimmed her own lights, but the oncoming beams were too strong and she had to fix eyes on the margin to avoid them” (Page 2 line 40-42) It tells us that she is lowering her own guards toward David, but he keeps his guards up. Mary has a hard time not to talk to him, but she manages to keep quiet the most of the time. The narrator is a 1.person, limited narrator. That makes the reader sympathise with Mary, because the reader is hearing the story from her pov. And how tough it is to improve her bad relationship with her son. Mary is trying really hard to improve her relationship with her son. She opens up to him, but she gets rejected. She even smokes a cigarette, so...
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