Breath, Eyes, Memory

What are the motifs in Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat?

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Emotional Pain and Liberation are motifs in the book.Throughout the book, the female characters suffer from emotional pain that prevents them from living fully, but they seek liberation and in some cases find it. At the beginning of the book, Tante Atie is resigned to being illiterate and unloved, but several years later a friend, who also seems to be her lover, has taught her to read. She carries a notebook everywhere so that she can copy poems and write down her thoughts, and even writes a poem of her own.