At one point or another we all succumb to the feeling of helplessness in our lives. Whether it is a feeling of not being able to break free of an abusive loved one or being trapped by a bad storm, the natural animal instinct of survival is apparent. "Celebration" written by W.D. Valgardson studies that instinct and the helplessness of situations that drives us to it.
Valgardson introduces various situations that require survival techniques in the story. One is the helplessness of the children in the violent home atmosphere and the poverty that they live in. Whenever Eric and Mabel fought, "the children hid under the Toronto couch, lying absolutely still, making no sound for hours on end." (61) The action of…show more content… With a storm brewing not only inside the house but outside also, the characters are forced into close captivity with one and another, "It was only four o 'clock but, already, outside the windows, it was as black as if the sky had been drenched in tar."(59) The blackness of the sky mirrors the blackness of Eric 's disposition and temperament. Valgardson also uses a great deal of irony in the story, in the beginning the reader is introduced to the drunken