Terry Tempest Williams' Refuge If we bemoan the loss of light as the day changes to night we miss the sunset. In her memoirs Refuge, Terry Tempest Williams relates the circumstances surrounding the 1982 rise in the Great Salt Lake as well as her mother’s death from cancer. Throughout the book Williams gets so caught up in preventing her mother’s death that she risks missing the sunset of her mother’s life. However the Sevier-Fremont’s adaptability to changes in nature inspires Terry Tempest Williams to re-evaluate her response to changes in her life. The story of the Sevier-Fremont people’s evolution and existence in the Great Basin parallels Williams’ life in Utah during the 1980s.
This book is a great inspiration for the women that are having doubts about going into the ministry or marrying a preacher. The book covers equipment to help us once we are in the ministry and new to a congregation, how we should adjust to moving and leaving everything behind. For instance, we as wives will sense we are so alone and have nobody to talk to you while our husband is at work. Another great lesson we learn in this book as wives is how to work together as a team with our husbands. “Where your treasure is, your heart is also” (15).
Her Mormon faith is expressed through the sense of family and community that provided support for her mother. Faith also provides hope. Williams’ mother states, “It (faith) is a belief in a wisdom superior to our own. Faith becomes a teacher in the absence of fact” (Williams 198). Both faith and hope give her mother the ability to cope with death because her Mormon religion believes death is just a transition between human life and eternal life with God.
My Sister's Keeper, written by Jodi Picoult, is about a family struggling to save their daughter from leukemia. By the age of thirteen, Anna, “the savior sister”, has gone through countless surgeries, transfusions and other procedures to try to save her sister from the cancer she has fought since young childhood. Anna is now at an age where she is trying to find who she truly is. She no longer wants to be defined by her older sister, she wants to be her own person. In feeling this way, she makes the decision that could tear apart her family and may result in fatal consequences for the sister she loves.
Terry Tempest Williams' Refuge In Refuge, Terry Tempest Williams weaves together her experiences and relationships with family and nature, two major themes of Refuge, as well as two apparently important aspect of Williams’ life. The book is the story of the destruction of her family and the nature surrounding her, but it is these places that are being destroyed are the same places where Terry Tempest Williams finds comfort before, during and after cancer started to consume her life. I believe on the surface it is nature and family that provides her with comfort, but in actuality, it is something beneath the surface. As a young child, Williams was taught through the Mormon teachings to appreciate nature and family, finding God in both. It is through her Mormon faith that Williams is able to survive the pain, suffering and fear cancer causes her.
“I get to do this. I get to waste my life. I get to be junk” (Strayed 53). It took strength, motivation and determination to start working extra shifts to save up for the expense of the hiking equipments, to then quit her job, and set out on this “preposterous” journey to hike 1100 miles without realization of what she was really asking for. During and after her time of stress in the forty-nine days of her mother's cancer battle, Strayed had many sexual impulses.
The journey from Chongqing to America was one with many obstacles and Suyuan sacrificed so much for her daughter hoping that one day June will be successful. The support and care that Suyuan provided for June ended when she suddenly passes away which forces June discerns how little she actually knows about her own mother. This seemingly ordinary life of June disappears as she discovers her mother’s past which included siblings that have been abandoned and thus attempts to find her long lost sisters. This idea was brought up by the Aunties of the Joy Luck Club that her mother founded which can be seen as the call to an adventure. The purpose of this journey was not only to find her sisters but to also discover her mother for who Suyuan truly was.
Granny Weatherall later think about her long life and the hardship she been through as a single mother raising her children. She also thought about her first love George who did not showed up at their wedding and her husband John who died a young man. Granny rethinks about her life as a mother and her c... ... middle of paper ... ... she was scared and alone. With the Grandmother, she already prepared to die if anything happens. She doesn’t have to wear the fancy outfit for the trip but she did it anyways.
Anna has always taken care of her sister, but it reaches the point where Anna needs to donate a kidney to Kate. In both novels, the parents tend to ignore one child and seem willing to even abandon the child’s needs, yet, in order to take care of their favourites. As they feel sympathy and sadness towards the deceased child. An important difference between the novels is that the protagonist, Anna, in My Sister’s Keeper ironically dies in a car accident after finally win... ... middle of paper ... ... the price of having to give away one of her kidney’s to Kate. On the other hand, Dominick realizes why he has anger issues with the help of Thomas’s psychiatrist, which helps him understand himself more.
By hiking the PCT, she proved how much strength she really possesses, regardless of the shameful actions she took to get there. Cheryl Strayed was twenty-two when she lost her beloved mother to lung cancer. It was such an unexpected death, she had no time to prepare for her mothers disastrous fate. Since she had no time to prepare, her grieving process lasted much longer than anyone expected. But, she had great reason.