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The theme of Hugh Garners The Sound of Hollyhocks concerns one of Canadas most serious social problems The theme suggests how condescension and discrimination can have devastating effects on the people around us The story is set in Pinehills Clinic where alcoholics and psychotics are placed to recover Wilf Armstrong an alcoholic at the clinic ends up with Rock Hudson who is a psychotic at the hospital as his roommate Rock Hudson was the nickname given to William Cornish Ranson by some of the other alcoholics Rock was forced into mental illness by his mother because his wife Sarah was from a different social class Rock comes from a rich family and he met Sarah at one of his fathers branch of banks They got married secretly because Rock knew that his mother would object such a marriage since Sarah came from a poorer and less prestigious background The first meeting between Sarah and Rocks mother proved to be a disaster Due to Rocks mothers disapproval of Sarah Sarah and Rocks marriage starts to fall apart One thing leads to another and Sarah and Rocks marriage ends with Sarahs abrupt death This pushes Rock into his present state of hearing flowers talk to him This is a great example of how social problems such as condescension and discrimination can have devastating effects on those around us If Rocks mother had not shown such hostility towards Sarah and Rock they wouldnt have grown apart and Sarah would not have died and Rock would not have gone crazy So Rocks mother who originally just wanted the best for his son becomes the person that pushes Rock into his mental illness which ultimately lead to his death Things like this happen every day in Canada and around the world Awhile ago several skinheads were tried for beating a Sikh man to death due to racial and religious differences They were tried and convicted for their crimes Everyday things
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