Life After Life: A Novel Themes & Motifs

Jill McCorkle
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Regret

The theme of regret is an important one in the book. As people age, it is common for them to review their lives and most people have some regret about some things.

As the book extends, Stanley has time to think about his marriage and life with Martha. He now can see how controlling he was with her and how he stifled her joy at times. He never really supported her interests such as gardening, but now that she is gone, he reads books about roses and plans to make a garden outside his window at Pine Haven. It is especially poignant that while on her deathbed, Martha was waiting to die until Stanley told her that it was okay to die. When Joanna reminds Stanley of this, he is shocked that he still had that much control over his wife even at the very end...

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