My Name Is Lucy Barton Themes & Motifs

Elizabeth Strout
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Appreciate Life

This theme is prominently displayed during the course of the story, most notably through Lucy and Lucy’s mother. The first example comes nearly right away at the start of the story, when Lucy is discussing about how she had to spend nine weeks in the hospital. During this time, she watched everyone passing by from the window. Lucy was envious of how they had the freedom to go about and live their lives. She wanted nothing more than to be outside of the hospital with her family. It was even more distressing, since at the time the doctors had no idea of why she wasn’t getting better, and she didn’t know if she would ever get out of the hospital.

The theme is demonstrated in several of the stories that Lucy’s mother told to Lucy in the hospital. The first story...

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