Topics: Kübler-Ross model, Grief, Character Pages: 2 (771 words) Published: October 8, 1999
Thunderwith Essay
Everyone goes through a grieving stage in their lives. Lose of a loved one like a mother or just personal problems can cause a person to be upset and grieving. In the novel Thunderwith by Libby Hathorn, the main character Lara gives an example of the stages of grieving. And how she learnt to overcome her mother’s death. In the beginning of the novel, Lara is faced with the death of her beloved mother. She is sent to live with her father that she has not seen since she was a child. Lara is also going to live with her father’s new family that she has never met. Larry her father has a new wife. “Lara has the impression that the Man will care for and look after her, saving her from his wife and kids.” When Lara eventually meets her new stepmother, her half-brother and half-sisters, she immediately knows that she is not wanted and that they hate her. So Lara thinks that the Man will look after her and save her from his family. This is further denial of the pain and loneliness she feels. Thunderwith the novel expresses a young girl grieving over her mother’s death. Soon afterwards Lara meets a dog. She decides to call it Thunderwith because she thinks that it is a gift sent down by her mother. Lara is so happy that she can have one moment of happiness. “She had just met Thunderwith and somehow by caring about him meant she didn’t care about being by herself. She “was not really alone at all-Thunderwith was in her thoughts.” Lara can not handle her mother’s death so she tries to block out her grieving about her mother’s death. Thunderwith has entered her life and she can think happy thoughts and not feel alone and upset. When Thunderwith is with her she doesn’t need to care anymore about being alone. The main character Lara is in denial of her mother’s death, and tries to block it out. As time went by Lara went through a lot of things from Gladwyn. Pearl also...
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