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PostPosted: November 05 2007, 6:52 PM    Post subject:
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What is the effect of reading the letters Christopher's mother wrote to him? Was his mother justified in leaving? Does Christopher comprehend her apology and her attempt to explain herself [pp. 10610]? Does he have strong feelings about the loss of his mother?

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PostPosted: November 08 2007, 3:13 PM    Post subject:
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The feelings of betrayal by his father really seem to eclipse the feelings of loss of his mother, this totally confounds me!!

I don't know if she was justified in leaving, but she is very human in her feelings and responses, and though I don't like her choice, I can see how she got to that point.

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PostPosted: November 15 2007, 10:28 AM    Post subject:
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It's difficult for me to imagine a character that would leave her children, and have much sympathy for them. I think that was one of the first stumbling blocks I had in identifying with David in MKD. It's something I judge characters harshly for.

But I though the letters were a good way of revealing the character's emotions and thought processes, and were especially brilliant in this case, where the narrator is a young boy who might not fully comprehend all the subtleties. Using the letters to give the mother her own voice was great.

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An excellent point, Jennifer. With Christopher being the narrator this was by far the best way to give voice to his mother. I could never see his mother going into this long explanation with Christopher in a face-to-face conversation.

To me it seems that Christopher has a much stronger reaction to having been lied to by his father than having his mother leave. I think Christopher is completely accepting of his mother's explanations, in fact I don't think he really needed an explanation.

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