A Complicated Kindness Reader Response

Good Essays
Tolerance is a very dull virtue. It is boring. It has always had a bad press. It is negative. It merely means putting up with people, being able to stand things. In Miriam Toews A Complicated Kindness the theme of tolerance is well presented by literary techniques and by the characters as well. Nomi Nickle, the protagonist, who goes through tolerance in her everyday life. Nomi has to tolerate with the ridiculous rules they have in East Village. “Before the purges occurred and the Mouth took over everything and closed the bar and the bus depot and the pool hall and swimming pool and forced all the teachers to follow an oddball curriculum that had nothing to do with the standard provincial guideline,”(Toews, pg 13) . In this quote you can see that the life in East Village is very boring since every activity is shut down by Nomi’s uncle, The Mouth aka Hans. The people in the town have to tolerate with his power. I can totally relate to Nomi in this situation because many times in our life we have to follow rules and orders whether if I like it or not. Nomi and the people are put in a tough situation because they don’t want to rebel against the rules, but they still want be a good citizen and want to go to heaven and that's why they tolerate theses rules. Tolerance is an important theme in this novel and it even plays a great role in our lives

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Good Essays

    A Complicated Kindness

    • 631 Words
    • 2 Pages

    A Complicated Kindness- Miriam Toews Catherine Arnold I recently read a book called A Complicated Kindness, by Miriam Toews. The protagonist is a teenage girl named Nomi. Nomi is growing up trapped in a small Mennonite community called East Village in the middle of nowhere, in Canada. All her life Nomi was told what to believe, with heavy emphasis on the belief that living dutifully and by the word of God in this life would guarantee salvation in…

    • 631 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    A Complicated Kindness

    • 600 Words
    • 3 Pages

    “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor is a song mentioned in A Complicated Kindness that Nomi can relate to easily. James Taylor was born March, 12th 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts, although he was mainly raised in North Carolina. By age 14, Taylor was writing songs, singing, and had learned to play the guitar and cello. In 1966, he moved to New York City to form a band with some of his friends and by the end of the year they were performing regularly at cafes. Unfortunately, while in New York, Taylor lost…

    • 600 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    A Complicated Kindness

    • 521 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Miriam Toews’ second novel starts with a funny-sad zinger: “Half of our family, the better-looking half, is missing,” and right away we’re hooked on our narrator’s mournful smarts. Laconic, restless, sixteen-year-old Naomi “Nomi” Nickel doesn’t fit in. Her mother and sister left town three years ago. Her Dad is adrift. Her best friend is in hospital with a mysterious disease. Her family home is starting to sprout broken windows. The big picture is even worse: every functioning adult in Nomi’s…

    • 521 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    A Complicated Kindness Summary Sheet Core Mennonite Beliefs * First and foremost: Christians * Specific Mennonite philosophies * Non violence * No circumstances * Mennonites are exempt from going to war * Rejection of the world * Should focus on heaven * Things in real life are distractions * Community * Strong emphasis on doing charity and helping each other * Putting faith into action * Actions…

    • 1263 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Good Essays

    a complicated kindness Setting: Nomi lives in East Village (pg. 6) It is more commonly known as the East Reserve in Manitoba It was one of two pieces of land set aside by the Canadian government for the immigrant Mennonites coming from Russia It's southernmost boundary is about 20 miles from the US border Mennonites had been adjusted in Russia to life in the open steppes (grasslands, prairies of russia) and preferred the open prairies. This would explain why the mennonites chose to settle…

    • 2027 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Historical analyzation of A Complicated Kindness by J.Pang Since the 1920s, pop culture became an important factor in many North American’s lives. As a mennonite girl living in East Village, Nomi is affected greatly by the media during her time, the 1980s, because its what shaped her ideals. Many of Nomi’s peers and family were also affected by pop culture’s influence such as Travis and Trudie, Nomi’s boyfriend and Mother who often makes references to well known figures in the Western culture…

    • 468 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    comfort and understanding, even though they share nothing in interest. However one will eventually attempt a change, to try and manipulate their circumstances for the better or to leave. The other is inevitably left alone and desolate. Although a complicated kindness entwines many such consequences from social issues and other obstacles deep inside its storylines, it reveals its dominant theme in the conclusion: that love endures in the end. Love will make hardships tolerable, will bind people together…

    • 905 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    The Realistic Truth of A Complicated Kindness Throughout the course of the novel A Complicated Kindness flashbacks from Nomi's life are frequently shown, one of which is the day her older sister, Tash left. What happened to Trudie and Ray, Nomi’s parents, however is a bit more ambiguous. At the end of Miriam Toews A Complicated Kindness, it is understood that Raymond “Ray” Nickel has committed suicide based on the facts that he was extremely unhappy, got rid of all obligations, and his own daughter…

    • 790 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Passage Analysis: A Complicated Kindness “This town is so severe. And silent. It makes me crazy, the silence. I wonder if a person can die from it. The town office building has a giant filing cabinet full of death certificates that say choked to death on his own anger or suffocated from unexpressed feelings of unhappiness. Silentium. People here just can’t wait to die, it seems. It’s the main event. The only reason we’re not all snuffed at birth is because that would reduce our suffering by a lifetime…

    • 514 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    4. Quotation/Summary | My thoughts | In chapter six, Nomi creates a very vivid memory of watching two black Mennonite dresses “flying around like crazy birds way up in the sky”. As she watched them fly all the way to her grandmother’s yard where she was, she remained fascinated, calling that, “even the best thing that ever happened to her.” She then said goodbye to the fallen dress when the spectacular show ended, like a little child who didn’t know the difference between a…

    • 1749 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Better Essays