On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous Themes & Motifs

Ocean Vuong
This Study Guide consists of approximately 38 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous.
This section contains 2,108 words
(approx. 6 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous Study Guide

Memory as a Choice

Through the narrator's direct address epistolary narrative to his mother, the author explores the ways in which the individual must choose his relationship with his memories, how he will perceive and interpret them, and ultimately how they will shape him. As a 28-year-old man, the narrator reflects back on his childhood, his mother, grandmother, grandfather, father, and first love in an attempt to communicate to his mother what he has been unable. While almost the entirety of the novel exists as a compilation of recollections, the narrator's relationship with the act of remembering does not remain the same.

In the early sections of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, he rather appears plagued by his memories of his mother, most of them featuring her confusing abuse and violence towards him. Memory in the narrator's beginning passages of his letter is not a choice; the...

(read more)

This section contains 2,108 words
(approx. 6 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous from BookRags. (c)2021 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.