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Fear is a state of mind it is a feeling that something unpleasant may happen It is the ability to recognize danger and flee from it or confront it In the novel The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards fear affects almost every character in either a positive way or a negative way Fear depicts many characters in this novel such as David Henrys fear of his secrets being exposed Norah Henrys loneliness and lastly Caroline Gills fear of losing her daughterIn the novel The Memory Keepers Daughter fear affects David Henrys life as it determines many of his actions David Henrys fear of losing Phoebe at a very early age and cause Norah grief for the rest of her life caused him to make a decision to give Phoebe away to his nurse Caroline to take to the institution Also his fear of Paul not being successful in life and wanting to pursue a career as a musician cause a separation between them and grew them apart The night David delivered Phoebe in his clinic he noticed instantly that she was different He looked into her eyes and saw that she was a Mongoloid He remember his sister June and how she died at the age of twelve due to a heart defect and how this broke his mothers heart He didnt want Norah to go through all of that pain and suffering so he decided that the best thing to do was to send her away to an institution and leaver her there When David tells Caroline This poor child will most likely have a serious heart defect A fatal one Im trying to spare us all a terrible grief Edwards p18-19 David thought that like his sister Phoebe would die at a very young age also due to a heart defect and Norah would be in grief for the rest of her life just like his mother had been Instead he thought
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