Gail Cadwell once said “I know now that we never get over great losses; we absorb them, and they carve us into different, often kinder, creatures” In Richard Wagamese’s novel, Ragged Company, the theme of loss is developed through the main characters’ physical strength to face the challenges of life with without a sense of fear regardless of the risk of disappointment, their emotional willpower to overcome adversity and their influential beliefs that allow them to endure hardships. The physical death of loved ones affect the five best friends’ ability to comprehend their losses. The emotional tragedies that each character develops have an expressive impact these characters’ perception of the world around them. The loss of spiritually influences how each individual deals with their own hardships and struggles. As a direct result of loss, the five main characters are forced to cope with their misfortunes and survive in modern day society.
Oxford Dictionary defines physical loss as the the fact or process of losing something or someone. Firstly, Amelia One Sky struggles with the loss of her immediate family: “Each shred ripped away from me too, until finally I sat there alone, surrounded by death in a place far beyond anger or sadness- a cold universe, empty of stars and silent” (Wagamese 13). Amelia receives a suicide letter from her brother Frank, just weeks after the stabbing of her older brother John. This causes her to feel a sense of loss and total isolation. She begins