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When comparing works of the same author especially in the same media you can learn much about that authors style characterization bias and even background Alistair MacLeod presents many similarities in his short stories including a love for Eastern Canada which can be based on his background of living in Cape Breton on a family farm It is easier to give a more informed critical assessment of an authors work if you have numerous works by the same author that you can compare it to From reading The Return and The Golden Gift of Grey we can analyze The Lost Salt Gift of Blood more fairly and critically than without prior knowledge of Alistair MacLeods other accomplishments The Lost Salt Gift of Blood The Return and The Golden Gift of Grey have many similarities concerning their themes and story structures The most noticeable similarity between the three is their element of family and sacrifices made by those families In The Lost Salt Gift of Blood the protagonist sacrifices his chance to have a relationship with his son so the boy can stay with his grandparents who have been the only family he has known Instead of pulling him out of his life in St Johns to move to a large city the narrator doesnt disclose his paternity to his son so that he may live a happy life with his grandparents Thank you says the woman I dont know if you Page 2 know what I mean but thank you The Lost Salt Gift of Blood p 70 Instead of deciding not to move their children The Return and The Golden Gift of Grey have even closer similarities when one or more family members relocate to provide a greater or perhaps different opportunity for their children In The Golden Gift of Grey the protagonists parents moved from Kentucky to northern America to give their children a better chance at an education and future even
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