The New Confessions Themes

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The Effects of the Death of John's Mother

John's mother dies when he is born, a fact that seems to impact the rest of his life in several notable ways. While the most important is that he grows up without the love and nurturing that would likely have come from his mother, John's self-worth is also greatly impacted and he believes others blame him for his mother's death. John's father, Innes, is never affectionate with John. It seems likely that Innes would not have been an affectionate, doting father even if his wife had not died but John doesn't seem to consider that. Instead, John believes Innes hates John because he caused his mother's death by the sheer fact of his birth. In John's mind, Innes can barely stand to look at John because to do so is to remind himself of the death of John's mother. Another aspect...

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