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Broken April and Sorrow of War : Broken Relationship

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Broken April and Sorrow of War Untold Feelings of ones Relationship Vue Vang 0729-XXX March 2011 World Literature Assignment #1 Mr. Brandt 1429 words Sorrow of War and Broken April Vue Vang Bao Ninh and Ismail Kadare use the characters and the events that occur within a particular setting to emphasize the characters personality and the relationships to one another. Bao Ninh and Ismail Kadare uses the relationship of Kien to Phuong during a time of war, Bessian to Diane, and Gjorg to Diane with a setting of blood feuds up in the mountains to express the lack of communication that the characters have which brought them to have a broken relationship at the end. In Sorrow of War Kien and Phuong are portrayed as childhood lovers. The setting of Sorrow of War is during the war time which creates this atmosphere for Kien, making him make himself private. But Phuong loves Kien a lot. Kien also loves Phuong, too, because to him she symbolizes physical warmth. A physical warmth that a man needs in war. If you look at it, Kien and Phuong does have a lot of physical "human" touch because "during the night at the lake, Kien dared not sleep with Phuong, yet there was still a sense of completion and fulfillment of just lying there with her" (Ninh 142). ...read more.


To Kien she seemed to be walking away from his life, from herself, from her past, her country, and without the slightest regret" (Ninh 223). This shows how much her relationship and the events that occurred with Kien made her stronger and not weaker. Even at the end when their feelings were never spoken out to one another; they went their own separate ways, with silent feelings for each other that were never spoken in words. In Broken April Ismail Kadare uses the relationships of Bessian to Diane and Gjorg to Diane in a setting of blood feuds up in the mountains. The relationship of Bessian and Diane is that they are newlyweds. Bessian loves Diane, but do not really know how to express it. Bessian does not want to say anything because he does not want his wife to misunderstand and start an argument with her. Bessian even knew that his wife had other feelings and even thought "the idea of ... going home tormented him more and more" (Kadare 168) but he did it for his wife's sake. Even "during those days he had been waiting to hear her say at last the words that would have been so natural.....he had waited for those words impatiently, feverishly, the remedy for their trouble but she had not said them....he now found that he had no clue to what it might mean" (Kadare 167). ...read more.


The high plateau and the blood feud setting is a place where people lose their lives, which sucks the lives out of people who lives there because of all the blood feuds. Which connects to Diane because the setting of the blood feud sucks the feelings from Diane which makes her lose the feelings of loving her husband and thinking that she had married the wrong man. But she doesn't say anything at all. Analyzing the two stories relationships you can see a lot of similarities because the couples, they lack a good communication. That's what creates a misunderstanding for them. If you look at it there's always interference between each of the relationship such as Kien and the war of how he couldn't be in a relationship and that he should have died during the war instead of living and feeling all the guilt making him push Phuong from him. Diane and Gjorg have silent relationship because they never had a chance to talk to each other. Lastly Bessian and his works because he's so attached and focus on wanting to visit the high plateau because he has written so many books about it that he didn't pay much attention to his wife making her feel like an outsider to him. Overall Bao Ninh and Ismail Kadare uses the events that occur within the setting to express the lack of communication that the characters have which brought them to have a broken relationship at the end. ...read more.

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