A Life of Adventure and Delight Themes & Motifs

Sharma, Akhil
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Marriage and Loneliness

Sharma associates marriage with a sense of emptiness and loneliness. The idealistic marriage of love, closeness and fulfillment is notably absent from the families he portrays. Anita and her parents’ marriage in If “You Sing Like That For Me” are strong examples of Sharma’s idea that marriage can bring with it loneliness and disappointment. Anita’s parents’ difficult marriage provided her with a less than ideal model as a child. Her father would treat her mother like a slave. He would drink and cry to Anita that no one appreciated or loved him, making sure her mother overheard in an attempt to manipulate her. Anita’s mother is unable to forgive him for never being there for her when she lost her son. Despite this model, Anita had continued to hope that marriage would ease some of the loneliness she feels. She soon...

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