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In the novel The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat the theme of emotional exile is extremely prominent through Danticats use of literary elements These elements include her use of motifs similes and metaphors Throughout the novel there is a reoccurring motif of water in the narrators life There are also instances during the novel when the narrator creates a brief motif by repeating a simple phrase Danticats use of simile and metaphor create a very vivid image for readers enabling them to fully understand the pain and suffering the characters in the novel are going through The theme of exile is also addressed in many articles about Danticats novelThe theme is clearly demonstrated in The Farming of Bones through the authors use of motif simile and metaphor In chapter 38 the narrator says I waited for Doctor Javiers reply by watching Yves leave for fields every morning and return after dark I waited for Doctor Javiers reply by feeling my wider heavier body slowly fold towards my feet as though my bones were being deliberately pulled from their height towards the ground 267 A short-lived motif has come to life in this quote The narrator brings up waiting on Doctor Javiers reply twice in a row she is in a dark state of mind Her waiting on Doctor Javiers reply is taking a toll on her both physically and psychologically The narrator is being brought down by waiting for Doctor Javier She is feeling my wider heavier body slowly fold towards my feet Although it may not be literally pulling her down psychologically it is a heavy burden bringing her down farther and farther as time drags on Her once stable state of mind is dwindling off as she is waiting for Doctor Javier slowly but surely she is losing her grip on reality At a certain point in time all this waiting may have taken a physical toll on her body
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