Analysis Of The Novel 'The Healing'

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Another character who is affected dramatically is Ella. She is forced to give up her precious baby girl just because she is a black slave, and because a white rich woman is going through a rough time. Everybody accommodates Mistress Amanda’s needs and could care less what Ella is going through just because she is black. Ella is very frustrated by having to give up her child. “ The Mistress held out her arms out before her. ‘Give her here.’ Ella took a step back with the bawling child. ‘No Mistress! Don 't!’....The Mistress got herself up unsteadily to her feet Have you ever felt hopeless? Have you ever felt like nobody cares about your feelings, or whether you live or die? Questions like these present themselves in the novel The Healing by Jonathan Odell when many characters experience difficult situations in their lives, and how the characters heal from these difficulties is very…show more content…
Her daughter dies from a Cholera, a disease ‘reserved for negroes’, not for a twelve year old white girl. The only way that she finds some kind of peace is by taking Ella 's daughter, Granada, and claiming Granada as her own. “ Silas tone was kinder. ‘Mistress has taken an interest in your child from the start,’ he explained, ‘Her Becky passed the very hour your girl was born. I suppose their souls might have touched, one coming and the other leaving. No doubt that’s why Mistress thinks your daughter is so special’”(12). This quote explains that Mistress Amanda doesn’t know how to grieve with the pain of her own daughter dying, so she wants to take Granada to fill the dark hole in her heart. The way she deals with the pain is not healthy, but back in the day black people didn 't have choice but to follow orders from a white person. This relates to the theme of the novel in that everybody is gonna have a different way of healing, and how long it is going to take to heal is the million dollar
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