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Writers often find significance in their work that others might not see One can explore the same account written in different forms of literature Often there will be similarities found in the comparison of both works The significance of the mothers painting Lots Wife in Amy Blooms Hold Tight can be compared to the meaning associated with Anna Ahkmatovas poem Lots Wife in the sense that both women find importance in the destroyed city of Sodom the physical pain of dying and the story of Lots wife herself The destroyed city of Sodom is significant to both Amy Bloom and Anna Ahkmatova because it symbolizes the destroyed lives of the mother and of Lots wife In Hold Tight the portion of the mothers painting that is the destroyed city of Sodom is described by Amy Bloom as bright and grim were the sticky little flames of the destroyed city nothing not even rubble around it This is symbolic of the Mothers destroyed life because she was dying and her husband and daughter were becoming more dysfunctional the closer to dying she became Bloom writes more often than not wed end up back in the brown fog of his study me taking a last few puffs with my legs thrown over his big leather armchair my father sipping his bourbon and staring out at the backyard The husband and daughter are dealing with things by smoking pot and drinking living in a nonexistence while the mother is dying in her bedroom Their family life as they know it is pretty much destroyed In comparison Anna Ahkmatova finds similar meaning in the destroyed city of Sodom She writes that Lots wife looks back on the bitter view She refers to it this way because Lots wife has found all of her happy memories in that city of Sodom When she looks back and sees that it has been destroyed
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