December. 3rd, 2014
Margaret Laurence is one of many Canadian authors who incorporate real life events into her stories. The Loons, written by Margaret Laurence, deals with the theme that people have trouble with themselves, who they are, and who they want to be.
Jean Margaret (Peggy) Wemyss (before she got married), was only four years old when her mother, Verna Jean passed away. This unfortunate event not only affected her, but her family too. A few years later Margaret’s father, Robert Wemyss, got remarried to her deceased mother’s sister, Margaret Campbell Simpson. At the age of nine, Margaret’s father passed away which made the nine year olds life much tougher than any nine year olds life should be. “She was remarkably similar to her father in her kindness, generosity and warmth, but, like him, she tried to hide her fears from others. Her jovial exterior was genuine, but it concealed the tormented inner little girl who had suffered the trauma of the loss of both parents” (King 18). Because both parents had passed away, Margaret and her brother, Robert Junior moved in with their grandfather. “For Peggy, nevertheless, the Wemyss residence remained her grandparents’ house; it never became her real home” (King 17). Another personal influence is that Margaret Laurence got married to an English man, Jack Fergus Laurence, and in the story Piquette talks about getting married to an English fella, who is in fact based off Margaret’s real life husband. Also, both Margaret and Piquette have two children. “She came back here with two youngsters, both only babies” (Laurence 10). Piquette’s children are mentioned only for a moment but are incorporated into the story because of Margaret’s t...
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... left Manawaka and went away to college […] At the end of the first year, I came back to Manawaka” (Laurence 9). Just like Margaret, Vanessa set out to find a more diverse living environment which did not go as planned because of how comfortable she was in the environment of the aboriginal culture. A second cultural influence is how in Laurence’s home town of Neepawa, it was populated by two different aboriginal groups. Vanessa, who can compare to Laurence, grew up in a town where there were two major groups of native people. “They spoke patois that was neither Cree nor French” (Laurence 1), which Vanessa was used to.
As Margaret Laurence writes about people, who they are and who they want to be, she faces conflicts in her own life while trying to figure out who she is. Writing about other people in similar situations seems to help Margaret connect to her own life.
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