Friend Of My Youth : Conflicting Perspectives Between Relationships

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Friend of My Youth: Conflicting Perspectives between Relationships The age gap between generations can alter the perspectives in which one understands certain situations. In Alice Monro’s short fictional story Friend of My Youth the female characters have an important role in displaying the central theme of the story. It also presents different perspectives on life and its outcomes. The point of view displayed in the story is first person, specifically the daughter’s perspective. This tactic chosen by Monro gives a unique standpoint within the story, and portrays the conflict of interest between the narrator and the mother. It also converts to third person to create character development midway through the story; there is another conflict…show more content…
A certain image, scent or sound can bring back moments that may have been forgotten. The speaker is astonished by the dreams she has of her mother. Her mother died very ill, the person who she was when she died was merely a shell of who she truly was. She describes her as “so much better than I remembered.” (Monro, 151). At the end of her mother’s life she could not hear her voice. She remembers her “mother’s liveliness of face and voice before her throat muscles stiffened [as] a woeful, impersonal mask fastened itself over her features.” (Monro, 151) In her dreams she was able to hear her mother’s voice again, opposed to the reality before her death. A mother’s voice is beautiful, and there is no other sound that compare to something as unique. Elliot writes “The unconscious sifts through memory, and then offers up details either strangely distorted or implausibly combined. As in art, as in story, dreams too, render experience metonymically.” (Elliot, 79). With time memories inevitably fade, but the dreams bring a sense of comfort and replenish the image of her mother. “How could I have forgotten this?” (Monro, 151). Heller writes that this scene “serves as a springboard from which the narrator launches into a story being told by her mother.” (Heller, 1). This scene leads us to the central conflict in the story of her mother’s life, and assists in understanding the conflict
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