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Comparative Essay - A Bird in the House and A Jest of God One of the harsh realities of life is death In A Bird in the House and A Jest of God Margaret Laurence realizes the death of a loved one the death of a dream and the death of a relationship through the eyes of women Laurence uses similar themes and ironic situations in both novels to paint a grim picture of life and death In both novels the author writes of the struggles of women coping with the death of a loved one Vanessa a young girl in A Bird in the House undergoes considerable pain throughout the entire book She endures the death of an infant sister all her grandparents her father and lastly her dog For Vanessa leaving town eased the pain Her way of dealing wth all the death and sadness was to move away and leave it all behind Twenty years later Vanessa returns to her home town to bury her mother I had not been back in a long time and I sensed that this would be my last sight of Manawaka However of her mothers death Vanessa states Of all the deaths in the family hers remained unhealed the longest In A Jest of God Rachel Cameron is a young schoolteacher who also experienced the death of a loved one namely her father However this is not Rachels only exposure to death Every day she sees the Grim Reaper hovering over her ailing mother Almost every waking moment she fears her mothers weak heart will fail and she will die Rachel also suffers the death of a dream She believes she is pregnant and when she finds out she is not Rachel grieves the loss of what might have been - motherhood However Rachel finds solace in her fate - she becomes a mother to her mother Like Vanessa she too moves away from her
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