Thirteen Ways of Looking Themes & Motifs

Colum McCann
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Home

For many of the characters in the stories within this book, the idea of home is not a static or physical location, but instead "home" is a state OR place in which a character feels at most comfortable and safe, mentally and physically.

For Peter Mendelssohn, home is wherever Eileen lived. When Peter's family moved away from Eileen in Dublin, Peter wanted to go back to live and visit her. Even after the couple both moved to New York, the location of Eileen was home. After Eileen died, it is implied that Peter became very uncomfortable in New York even after Sally moved in. A similar representation can be seen in Sandi's story, as she seems to believe that the house of her lover and son is her home.

For other characters, like Beverly and Rebecca, home is a physical place away from possible danger. For...

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