My Mother and Her Sister

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“My Mother and her Sister” is a short story written by Jane Rogers in 1996. The short story takes place at the narrator’s house which is where the reader is introduced to Lucy.
She has been staying with narrator since her mother died. In the short story we meet a first person narrator and as the reader follows the main character, her thoughts, memories and knowledge: “I haven’t cried at all, I don’t know why“ (p. 2, l. 24).
The setting is gloomy: “It’s rained since Lucy came. My house is terribly quiet” (p. 2, l. 27). The weather could be a symbol of their relationship and the silence a symbol of their personalities when they are in each others' presence. Their relationship is very tense, strange and it is very difficult for them to talk
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This is the main theme of the short story: the pursuit of happiness. The two sisters are examples of, two very different and maybe equally as good ways to find happiness. The narrator is a kind of student. The person, who is still in the development period, and has therefore not yet found her path towards happiness. But she uses her two role models as teachers, who guide her in the right direction. And by spending all of her time with Lucy she has gained a teacher she thought she had lost.
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These two sisters are each other’s opposites, but they both wish they had pieces of each other. Lucy is stuck in her life full of values, tradition and morals. Even though she wishes she had some of the optimism her sister had and impulsiveness. Dorothy is the wild one, who wishes she had some of Lucy’s structure and care. However, the grass is always greener on the other side. And this is where the narrator comes into the picture.
She is the one, who will learn from her mother and aunt’s mistakes and experiences. And now she has Lucy to get advice from. The narrator is also the person who understands this expression the most because she has seen the dark side of believing that the grass is greener on the other side, it makes people turn the other cheek and not pursue their happiness. It also makes them not dare to fall in love or live a stable

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