Secrets In Stitches
Through out David Small’s novel Stitches, we can see several themes but one of the most prevalent is secrecy. There are different types of secrets, but all of them big or small hide something, hide the reality of things. In this memoir David gives out intimate events of his child hood and adolescence seen through his eyes, justifying his reality. It’s easy to sense how he doesn’t feel comfort around his family, and how he find’s a way though out other actions like drawing a way to develop his imagination and inspiration. Even though his relationship with them is rough his innocence prevails above it. It’s this innocence that leads him to believe all the lies surrounding him. His life has been full of lies since he was born but through the writing we can infer neither him nor us know about this lies; even though the irony in his writing style and the book’s images makes us anticipate something is wrong. We can see this irony when he talks about his dad and about his occupation as a doctor (20/2-6). Both the text and the images do a great job of showing the irony of how his dad secretly hides his condition while he with his childish innocence thinks everything is fine. Its a usual childish tough to think about your father as a super hero (27/1), and its not wrong. As the story progresses and David matures, he each time as a more gloomy perspective of his parents, which leads him to a more unaided way of life. The lie about his Dad giving him cancer is the biggest one because it affected David’s life in a huge way, but through out the story the theme of secrecy predominates in every stage of his life. Secrets mark people, they leave stitches and define us, all the little secrets and enigmas David had to live through define his child hood but as he grew older he learn not to let them define him as a groan man. Many of this enigmas not understood by David may seem irrelevant as you read them but the majority of them had a huge impact after he...
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