I Remain in Darkness Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Preface

• I REMAIN IN DARKNESS is Annie Ernaux's account of her mother's decline and death as the result of aging and mental volatility.

• Annie's mother was injured in a car accident two years prior to the onset of her illness but was never right since that event.

• In the summer of 1983, Annie's mother shows signs of deterioration so Annie brings her to her home to live with her and her two sons.

• Eventually Annie's mother requires more care than Annie can provide and her mother is moved to a full-time medical facility.

• Annie jots notes during the time of her mother's illness which will become the foundation for the book.

• The book's title is based on the last sentence Annie's mother ever wrote, "I remain in darkness."

• Annie also examines her own feelings and how she used writing to come to terms with memories of her mother.

1983

• Annie...

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