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By definition a white oleander is a poisonous Eurasian evergreen shrub having fragrant hite rose or purple flowers and whorled leaves White Oleander by Janet Fitch is about the weakness of love the unsteadyness and untrustworthyness and the disease of love that has come to run and ruin Astrids life This is a story of emotions and a mother and daughter California is a constant in this novel The white oleanders were the poison of love Ingrid is Astrids mother She is a bitter poet If the world does not go her way she will imagine it to be the what she desires Beauty is my mothers law her religion You could do anything you wanted as long as you were beautiful as long as you did things beautifully If you werent you just didnt exist She had drummed it into my head since I was small Although I had noticed by now that reality didnt always conform to my mothers ideasShe reads poetry in a certain coffeehouse every weak where she attracts many men Only peons make excuses for themselves she taught me Never apologize never explainAstrid As you cn seee Ingrid was a character who though very highly of herself and mostly only herself Ingrid could never think of anyine but herself even with Astrid she was always just along fot the ride Astrid is very different from her mother She is more like the odd one out Ashe doesnt fit in at school While most kids were badgering their parents for things she felt guilty that her mom had to care for her She was a beautiful woman dragging a crippled foot and I was that foot I was bricks sewn into the hem of her clothes I was
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