My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece Themes

Annabel Pitcher
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Grief

Rose's death has a huge impact on the Matthews family. Jamie's father drowns himself in vodka because he cannot deal with the absence of his daughter and the finality of death. Jamie's father spends a great deal of time denying Rose's death by bringing food and other items to Rose's urn, making the family pretend she is still alive and an active member of the family. This sets up a complicated dynamic in the family, making the two living children in the family feel as though they are invisible, as though their father no longer cares about them.

Jas struggles with the death of her sister. Rose was her twin, making the loss twice as difficult for Jas. However, Jas does not have the support of her parents in dealing with her unique circumstances. Instead, Jas's parents dress her like rose and seem to like to pretend that...

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