Introduction Anita Shreve’s “Rescue” is about the emotional and physical trauma between parents

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Introduction Anita Shreve’s “Rescue” is about the emotional and physical trauma between parents and children. A delicate and interesting novel explores the life of the Webster and Sheila, as they are trying to realize their past and begin again. Anita Shreve is a best-selling author who has followed a simple style in the novel “Rescue” that is straightforward and concise that has no confusing points of view or complex flashbacks (Bukowsky, 1). She has portrayed her characters in a way that are insightful that has never failed to take the readers into it, especially the character of Peter Webster. “Rescue” is a touching story of a down-to-earth small-town hero, Webster, who brings misfortune to his life through a drunk driver, Sheila, but…show more content…
He worries about her for having the habit of drinking. He has to lose his wife, Sheila, for her unconquered alcoholism. That makes him fear for losing his daughter, which he does not want to happen, as he loves her most. As a single parent, Webster fear for her future when his daughter is veering perilously. Whenever he thinks about his daughter and her behavior, he remembers his mother’s warning: You can’t regret anything that leads to your children. For the sake of his beloved daughter, he is ready to accept his wife back, as he feels Sheila is the only remedy for the ailment of Rowan; thus, he says to Sheila over phone: “you’d better come” (Shreve, 76). When is in coma stage in hospital, he sits next to her and “talks to her, no longer believing that she can hear him” (Shreve, 76). His feeling for his daughter’s pain is really admirable that makes the readers to feel the pain of the father. He brings his ex-wife back for the sake of Rowan, as he could realize the feeling a motherless child. He is longing for her recovery and trying to get a word from her by speaking to her continuously until he goes out of words. Webster’s character is portrayed as a loving who cares his daughter at all stage and never regrets for raising her alone. He is dutiful and caring that makes him worry about the sudden change in the behavior of Rowan. He does not want his daughter to drink alcohol

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