Consequently, the phrase “My mother is a fish” appears several times and becomes significantly more important than the reader expects (84). Because Vardaman catches and kills a fish on the day Addie Bundren dies, he associates her passing away with the death of the fish. This is a feasible theory for him to grasp considering he realizes that both the fish and his mother no longer exist so, within the realm of his mentality, they must be the same. In his point of view, nothing was more comparable to his mother than the fish. For example, “It [fish] slides out of his h... ... middle of paper ... ... to explain and try to get someone to associate something with death when they had never seen or experienced anything like it.
He is going through some psychological drama due to the death of his mother. He is trying to make logic of the situation. He compares his mom to the fish he caught. The fish was once a fish, alive and well, until it was caught, and Vardaman cut it up. The fish was a fish at first, but after it deceased, it wasn’t a fish anymore.
Sexual abuse and spousal abuse are psychologically devastating for women because these are acts that inflict feelings of guilt upon the victim. It is too often that a female rape victim will do nothing because she feels responsible. In the beginning of the movie, when Laura was subjected to daily abuse from her husband, she probably started to feel like she deserved the treatment because her husband constantly beat her down emotionally and made her feel like nothing. When someone is beaten down for long enough they start to believe that they are worthless. Finally, Laura escapes her oppressor forever when she kills him.
Amid Addie’s departure, he rambles internally, oftentimes about subjects unrelated to his current reality. He watches her demise, and the bizarre reactions of those around him, the same way someone might watch a movie. Vardaman is sad, but restricted in his ability to express himself due to his father and his autism. Readers can see Vardaman cares, he cried immediately after her death, but he doesn’t know how to engage with others during such a devastating ordeal. His tries to connect with his family by bringing an ailing Addie a fish he liked, but Anse rejects his effort.
Conrad is orientation to people, time and place. His memories are intact good and bad. Conrad is working through his depression and some day will reach acceptance. Psychological and emotional patterns Conrad experienced a tremendous amount of psychological pain because of the loss he felt, he had no one to talk to about the death of his brother and best friend in the boating accident which resulting in a suicide attempt. The relationships he had with his mother Beth and his swim team friends suffered dramatically because of all of the pain he held
First we are in the present day; at a wedding the ancient mariner is telling his story to all the people. Then, we jump into the story he tells them. It is about how he was cursed when he shot the albatross and messed with Mother Nature. So Mother Nature made put the dead bird around his neck and death and her maiden came for a visit. All of the other sailors on the ship suddenly died in the presence of death while the mariner was stuck in a no wind zone.
He was proud of his catch so he brought it back to show the family. He seemed vaguely aware of what was going on in the house with Addie being near death. Shortly after bringing the fish back, Addie died. This caused Vardaman to relate her death to the death of the fish. Therefore, in his mind, his mother must be a fish.
Two weeks later another good friend choked to death on his own vomit. His three year old daughter found him the next morning. I was overwhelmed with guilt when I realized I had been drinking with him the night before. To this day when I see his wife and children at the supermarket, I can't look them in the face. Within the next two months I lost three other friends t... ... middle of paper ... ... we discussed in class the tradition among New England Puritans of looking in the face of the dead and reading their emotions to determine whether or not they were going to heaven.
After Vardaman’s simple yet profound revelation that “ My mother is a fish” (84), Vardaman frees Addie by drilling an air hole in the coffin. Eventually, the coffin is dropped in the river and “… [Darl] let her get away” (151). This signals the end of Vardaman’s con... ... middle of paper ... ...s gone; I sit naked on the cart above the unhurrying mules" (121). Dewey Dell knows that Darl “understands” her situation as he so often puts it, and Dewey Dell is worried that he might reveal this to Anse any one else. Darl is now a threat, and Dewey Dell later plays a big role in subduing Darl before his transportation into the insane asylum.
He fails to comprehend the nature of death and to cope with the loss, he thinks “through a complex, although seemingly hysterical, line of reasoning that finally leads him to identify his mother with a large fish he had caught earlier in the day” (Ellis 408). He begins to visualize the image of his mother with the fish he cut up into little pieces. He recognizes that there was a time when the fish became a “not-fish” (Faulkner 1930, 53). He equates this with his dead mother as there was a time when she was alive and now she is not. Coming to this realization he concludes, “My mother is a fish” (Faulkner 1930, 84).