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Life is not a series of isolated ponds and puddles life is a river Only in the most literal sense are we born on the day we leave our mothers womb In the larger truer sense we are born of the past - connected to its fluidity both genetically and experientially The novel Away is a clear example of how people are connected to the past It characterizes three generations of a family of women These women are connected through their experiences They are all women of extremes they are passionate about everything they do They have the characteristic of going away They follow their hearts into a land dominated by their imaginations Nature is a part of each of the women They follow the constant change in landscape throughout the novel from Ireland to the Atlantic Ocean voyage to Upper Canada and finally to Loughbreeze beach Each woman in the novel is connected to the water it draws them in and will hold them there forever The women have relationships with men that they are drawn too because of the mans individuality Away portrays three women from different generations and shows how similar they are The women are strong and passionate about their causes they are bound together through generations of going away They leave their surrounding environments in an inner search for peace compassion beauty and love Each woman connects to the other through her uncontrollable passions The women in the novel are connected throughout each generation by their experiences of the past and present The women in the novel Away are connected by their experiences of being away They are connected genetically Mary is Eileens mother and Eileen is Esthers grandmother The common characteristic of this family is going away The women in the family go away at different times during the novel The women each have their own spiritual guide Their guides are what take them away They lead
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