Let The Water Hold Me Down By Michel Spurgeon

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Let the Water Hold Me Down by Michel Spurgeon is written in a very unique and skillful way of the realities of being of human, and dealing with loss and grief, guilt and longing, loyalty and love. These psychopathologies affect the readers and present a different way of seeing the text. By applying critical theory to this novel, not only the reader but the main character, Hank Singer, gets a different perspective, a new lens after making several changes in his life. Critical theory helps individuals observe from an unusual angle and learn things in new ways, different from his or her typical way of viewing things. It opens up new lenses, and through this new lens, it can lead to new understanding or unfortunately, make things harder to understand. "Knowledge is what constitutes our relationship to our world, for it is the lens through which we view our world"Tyson states if the lens is changed, the view and the viewer may be changed as well. Let the Water Hold Me Down tells a story about a man named Hank Singer and what happened to Hank after losing his wife and his daughter in a tragic canoeing accident. After that incident, Hank decides to move to San Cristóbal, Mexico to live with an old college compadre, César Lobos de Madrid, who’s “family was one of the oldest, wealthiest, and most politically connected in Chiapas, if not in all of Mexico.” In college Hank and César were the "big men on campus," and "Batman and Batman," leading their soccer team to the division

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