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A Wound From The Past.

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Introduction

Ayman Zangariya I.D.#: 0 2997205 6 To: Helen Paloge-Isenberg Style & Composition A Assignment NO. 3 A Wound From The Past People's life and personality are affected by their relationship with parents. This effect can be positive or negative. Negative effect could leave psychological wounds in human's soul. Physical wounds can heal by time leaving no scars, where psychological ones could never heal and leave scar forever. "Spilt Wine," by Mekya McBee, is a story about a woman who has just lost her husband. After her husband's death, she is living alone in their house. Although it could seem odd, she is enjoying living alone in her empty house. This woman is "surrounded" with a friend called Bith. Bith is trying to help her getting through the crisis of the death of the woman's husband. Through reading "Split Wine" we are able to apprehend the protagonist's miserable life. The heroine of "Spilt Wine" has a bad luck with men. ...read more.

Middle

Her arm had healed?this amazed her. It amazed her / that her bruises always healed" (6,61-67). The father is not ready to listen to his own daughter. Quite the opposite, the father pushes her even higher and higher until she fells down and breaks her arm. This incident leaves the protagonist not with physical wounds, but with an emotional one as well. This emotional pain felled the leading character vulnerable body, building a passive personality. There are motives that evidently indicate to this fact. The central character in the "Spilt Wine" is nameless; through the entire plot the only mentioned is the protagonist's friend, Beth. The woman's anonymousness cue to her inert role. In her life and the life of the ones surrounding her. Beth, the protagonist's friend, is trying to help the protagonist to get through her husband death. Nevertheless, Beth is forcing her to go out and go on with her life. ...read more.

Conclusion

She cannot stand to fall to the same trap, leaving in a cage once again like a beautiful bird. Although the protagonist seems that she finally got her independence from men, she cannot unleash the past. The flashbacks indicate to the distress she had in the past; the relationship with her father created a passive figure. This passiveness of the protagonist allowed her husband to take control on her life as well. On the one hand, Such pain, yet now she easily used that same arm to lift her / wine to her mouth. Her arm had healed?this amazed her. It amazed her / that her bruises always healed" (6,65-67) this lines could hint that the protagonist's physical pain is healed, but she cannot let go of the past; she still emotionally in pain. On the other hand, "It was amazing to her, that so much could ever heal" (6, 61-62), which indicates that she believes that all of her pain can be healed, and she build her self a new life. Although she spilt the wine she did not break the glass. 1 ...read more.

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