Jig appears to be unsatisfied with her life. In the opening scene, she is imagining white elephants as she looks onto the Ebro hills. The white elephants refer to an unwanted gift. She wants the gift of a child but knows she can't have it because the man doesn't want it. This makes her unhappy and makes her look for an "imaginary life." She drinks a lot and never settles down in one place. As she looks at the hills, she sees that there is no shade and no trees on their side. Later in the story, she sees that the other side of the hills is very fertile with a river, a field of grains, and many trees. Jig imagines her life as it could be if she becomes a mother and changes her lifestyle. Her life would be as happy as that little scene. Jig is also unhappy because she can not express her true feelings. She tries to tell the
The shocked and flabbergasted diction of this section lends itself to a similar purpose. The surprise that the narrator shows when Luo initially begins the procedure is indicative to the fear within the protagonists and the absurdity of the situation as a whole. When the narrator says: “what the devil had got into him?” (Sijie 142) it shows the reader that the strangeness of the scene had not escaped the notice of those involved. The befuddled diction continues when the narrator says: “even today it confounds me” (Sijie 142) showing that the situation his oddness was not reduced with time. Overall, this section sets the scene for an intense and decisively odd situation.
“When I finished the book Luo had not yet returned, there was no doubt that he had gone to visit the Little Seamstress so he could tell her this wonderful tale of Balzac’s. In my mind’s eye I could see Luo telling her the story and the Little Seamstress listening vigorously open - mouthed. As I was thinking about her I felt a sudden stab of jealousy, a bitter emotion I had never felt before and my desire to be with the Little Seamstress grew stronger. Later that day, Luo came back with leaves of a gingko tree. “We made love there, against the trunk”; those words made me feel somewhat sick in the heart, I didn’t even know that was possible. I strained to imagine it but words failed me... Why does Luo always get everything? He even said himself
Wyche disputes all the critics who suggested that the text was either about whether Jig should carry the pregnancy to a full term or have an abortion. Wyche feels that the text was a metaphor representing pain which comes as a result of an end of a relationship between two people. One of his main ideas was therefore to dispute some of the ideas that critics had put forward in the past and bring forward a new meaning to the short story. As Wyche noted most of the critics saw a metaphor of abortion but failed to see that the abortion could also be used as metaphor to mean something else which in this case means the pain of a breakup. By bringing other critic’s point of view into play, he successfully acknowledges what they wrote and their ideas but also presents him with a point to dispute the same. Even if he does not refuse the ideas produced by earlier critics, the author presents a different point of view from whatever was presented before.
Jig knows that having the child will make her look like a whore in the eyes of her community, thus she knows that she has to get rid of the baby, but in her heart she wants to keep it.
Jig attempts to make a crucial change in her life by making the right decision,
I cannot ask you for a second chance, only if there's still a spark - a lifeline to cling to." Blaine stopped, choked on his own words. There was more to say, but the words clung to the roof of his mouth. Though he wasn't sure of what Panda was thinking, he knew he couldn't stop here. "My days have been long and have allowed me to think about how... how broken everything is. Panda, I know I can't blame my father for the issues I have, nor can I blame those I've hurt for the broken relationships I've been apart of. I realize that some things that have happened cannot be let go, but I want try and make it better. It can't exactly be fixed, but we can take the broken pieces and still make something beautiful." Silently he prayed that if his words made any sense that they would strike something in Panda. Maybe they would even influence her decision, but that was a long shot. "Lily, we used to love and now it seems like all we do is shout. It's not
Jig's main objective throughout the story is ensuring that her partner is happy. This is apparent when she tells him that she will go through with the abortion. "Then I'll do it. Because I don't care about me." "And I'll do it and then everything will be fine." Through these comments it is evident that she truly believes if she has an abortion their relationship will be fine giving little thought to the emotional and physical trauma the procedure will cause. Jig's subservient attitude is indicative of her low self esteem throughout the story. She allows herself to be shaped by a man whose care for her is more than obviously not a reciprocation of hers for
Just as with the former moral dilemma, Jiro is only forced to confront the horrors of reality only when some one brings it up to him, or if he's otherwise directly affected, and these moments are often brief.
Pittman starts off by setting the selby botanical gardens as the stage background and begins to give us the requisite of all the characters as the story unfolds in the novel explaining the exquisite gardens and complications that come along with it. He provides carefully researched support and ample information into selbys botanical gardens financial problems, personality conflicts with workers, and the overall statement of the book the orchid scandal. Pittman goes on to write the best way to garner publicity would be for someone ho as connected to the selby gardens to find the next “Phragmipedium besseae” (p.32) that was going to be the next orchid to ultimately change the orchid world forever. The adventures that came along wit this orchid
As the conversation escalates, Jig herself hides her true thoughts and instead, says the opposite: “Then I’ll do it. Because I don’t care about me.” (477). It may seems like she agrees to do the operation; but in fact, she is trying to ascertain the American man’s love for her. These implications and hints in the conversation keep them away from understanding each other and contributed to the failure of their relationship. Summing up, relationships in both stories show that communication problems are what tear them apart. Importantly, it is selfishness in the characters that initiate these problems; as they mostly speak from their view and for themselves, which then avert them from understanding their partner, and finally, a broken relationship is inevitable.
A garden that holds your secrets, that is a secret itself, holds a special spot in the book “The Secret Garden”. The garden is described as an overgrown hidden beauty that has not been seen for ten years. The woman who created the garden passed away because of an accident; in turn, her husband becomes bitter and wrathful. The door which led to the garden was locked and the key was buried while the orders were given for no one to enter the garden again. There’s more to the garden than just being hid away. The garden is a secret to some very important characters in this story, but why? Perhaps the overgrown secret may even have a secret of its own.
"No, you wouldn’t have"(615). This line is said in response to the American saying that he has never seen a white elephant. This line is another hint to the sassy nature Jig might have had before the story began. Knowing how to handle tough situations made Jig strong. Strong and determined, she knew what she wanted and how to get it. However, all that changed the day she met him. He swept her off her feet, and she never looked back. He was everything she wanted and everything she needed. He said all the right things, and she fell hard. Jig was no longer the strong woman who knew what she wanted. What she wanted was whatever he wanted. This event leads up to her attitude at the beginning of the story.
Is losing someone ever easy? From my personal experience, it is not a smooth ride. Having to deal with death is like having a hole drilled in your heart. Truth is, some people lose one to many people over a short period of time, due to different circumstances. Imagine that, having multiple holes drilled into your heavy heart. These set of people due to former experiences, become experts at dealing with death.
To begin, it’s hard enough finding your loved one/other half, let alone losing them. As I mentioned above, no one wants to commit if there will be end and won’t last for awhile. So imagine you giving all you have and opening up to a