The Years of My Birth Essay

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Colin Watts Professor Thomas English 106 August 22, 2013 Assignment for Writing #2 Louise Erdrich “The Years of My Birth” In “The Years of My Birth” by Louise Erdrich it is critical to understand the symbolic meaning of the presence connected to white room and the main character Linda, who is also known as Tuffy. Being that Linda is the main character and the narrator in the story we learn that she retells the story fifty years later. Erdrich invest much effort in explaining the earlier years that links an indescribable phantom presence, which comes to Linda at other moments in her life. “ That presence would come to me again other moments in my life. Its return is partly what this story is…show more content…
“I am your mother.” (Erdrich Page 1) We can debate the notion that Linda is reborn the moment she is contacted by her birth mother. At that moment, in which she replays her birth as the one who is the powerful being rejecting her mother this time. “ It was kind of replay of my birth. I’d done it over. But this time I had instinctively rejected my mother, left her in the cradle just as she’d left me.” (Erdrich page 3) Later, Linda turns out to be a genuine person, very precious and willing to give, and, in spite of the cruel way in which the news were given to her. Linda becomes the one with the power of giving new life. At that point, she chooses instinctively not to repeat the actions of her birth mother. With the play of events Linda attempts to connect the presence she felt her entire life being Linden. “ I had never before thought of the presence in relation to my twin, who’d grown up not an hours drive away from me, but that night the combination of the phone call out of the blue and twelve-letter word in my puzzle set my thoughts flowing.” (Erdrich page 3) The presence grows stronger for the shadowy emanation of a lost twin, until Linda finally meets Linden and things get complicated. Realizing, he is truly the offspring of her birth mother. By his actions along with his words inside of the white hospital room strikes a pain of remembrance being alone, neglected, unwanted, and rejected, which Linda lived through the years of her
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