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The Loom

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The Loom The extract taken from The Loom by R L Sasaki paints a picture of a mother, and how she tries to hold on to the memories of her children from the past. The mother finds refuge from coping with her time in weaving; weaving is a primary symbol. It is the idea of merging the past vibrant memories with various threads and the present moment through the production of textiles. Throughout the passage, Sasaki uses literary devices such as sentence structure, tone and diction to highlights the complexities of family through the years. Instantly, by looking at the relationships of the four daughters, the granddaughter and the mother, the reader gets insight in the distances and the bonds in which they share with their mother. Sharon, the middle daughter, plays an important role because she presented the loom to her mother; the loom helps her mother stay sane. ...read more.


Jo is a very prominent and important character; this is true as she is constantly referred to in every passage. This passage begins with one of the daughters, Jo, deciding to "give up" on her mother. Jo has a deep history with the mother, who brought her up, cured her from illnesses and taught her how to walk. Jo shows strong displeasure towards her mother's hobby because she is insistent on finding a way to bring her out of her obsession, even suggesting "shock treatment...it's the only way to bring her out." This is insensitive because Jo disregards her mother on her yearly visits. "Once a year" when the house "fills up with Jo and her friends...," she secludes her self as they "sit in the back room to talk." There is a significant difference with the relationship Jo has with mother when compared to the other daughters. ...read more.


with all shades of her life." When speaking of shades, each shade, or color, used represents a precious memory or hers. When the mother was learning, she was "repetitious... [using] browns and neutral shades, the colors she preferred." However, through "selectivity" of other vibrant colors, that would be hidden unless looked at carefully, therefore she was able to trick the reader. For example, "brown, the color of the five lunch bags she packed each morning with a sandwich, cut in half and wrapped in waxed paper, napkin, fruit and potato chips..." gives insight into the mother's personality. She tends to go about her doings though meticulously planning on every minor detail. These are contrasted with the rare visits made by her daughters, which are short, and end in a flash. Sasaki uses literary devices such as sentence structure, a nostalgic tone and colorful yet reminiscent diction to highlights the complexities of family through the years. Furthermore, the use of the loom and the mother's hobby of weaving represent the past memories she had with her children and the present as she remembers them. ...read more.

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