Cherry Themes & Motifs

Nico Walker
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Relationship Dysfunction

The relationship between the protagonist and Emily is a primary focus of the narrative, as it demonstrates how codependence and even loving devotion can become intertwined with interpersonal self-destruction. On one hand it is important to note that Emily and the protagonist seem to have a true sense of love and devotion towards one another. Despite its turbulence, their relationship persists on a long-term timescale, and they often declare mutual, compassionate love for one another. However, their love is intertwined with underlying personal issues, namely the fact that they often act as destructive influences and enablers of each other’s worst qualities. The protagonist notes, “Emily half-thought I was a dirtbag, but then she was kind of into that” (33). In this way, the protagonist indirectly acknowledges Emily’s admiration and enablement of his worse traits, such as act of poor behavior and poor decision-making.

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