They May Not Mean To, But They Do Themes & Motifs

Schine, Cathleen
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Continuity

Joy’s story demonstrates how there is continuity between the generations despite the perceived conflict between family members. One of the things that remains stable between the generations is the love of parents for their children regardless of their behavior. As Joy gets older, she understands more completely how her mother felt in her golden years, a sign of continuity. The house, Upstate, is also a symbol of continuity because it has been a place of refuge for generations of the Bergman family.

One of the signs of continuity between the generations is the way parents, regardless of their age, love their children. As the father of young children, Daniel cannot get over how much he loves his daughters. When Molly arranges for Ruby to visit her in California, Daniel worries about how much he will miss her. Molly tells him that he will not miss...

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