At the Water's Edge Themes & Motifs

Sara Gruen
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The Importance of Love

Maddie grew up in a house where there was no love. Her parents didn't love each other and they didn't love her. Maddie's mother was manipulative and controlling. Her father was indifferent. Her mother died when Maddie was very young and her father's indifference continued until her adulthood. When Maddie contacts him from Scotland, he refuses to send transportation, even though he could afford it. Her parents didn't give her an example of love which means she doesn't know how to tell that her relationship with Ellis isn't love either. Maddie marries Ellis and thinks she is in love with him. She doesn't realize that she's not until she begins to mature and recognizes her marriage for what it really is. When she begins to fall in love with Angus, she finally has a true example of love.

Mairi is another example of...

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