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Loneliness Loneliness is inherent in the lives of Charlotte from Pomegranate Seed and Lyman from The Red Convertible The writers of the stories have their personal experiences built into their work In addition the characters from both stories suffered through similar ordeals they helplessly watched a loved one dissolve like a fading dream Kassanoff explains Wharton recognized her younger self in Sara a woman in All Souls who is paralyzed by loneliness 383 This loneliness in the younger life of Wharton was inevitably ingrained in her stories The story Pomegranate Seed is a perfect example of how Whartons loneliness seeped into her writing Erdrichs The Red Convertible is contained in the book Love Medicine Marie a character in another story is losing Nector her husband Her grandson Lipsha attempts to cure her loneliness by preparing a love potion He botches the recipe and kills Nector This shows that loneliness is not a foreign idea to Erdrichs writing either Both Pomegranate Seed and The Red Convertible begin with lonely characters Charlotte begins the story remembering her friends sometimes stopped by but Sometimes--oftener--she was aloneWharton 317 Charlotte rarely had anybody around other then her husband and he was becoming more distant Erdrich begins the story at the end and Lyman is looking back on the past Erdrich writes Now Henry owns the whole car and his younger brother Lyman thats myself Lyman walks everywhere he goes 143 When Henry died Lymans spirit and happiness went with him Lyman walking every place symbolizes that there is nothing for him Lyman only has memories of companionship Although both characters were lonely at the beginning of the stories the source of the loneliness lies deeper in the story Charlotte felt the pain of being alone after her husband Kenneth started receiving mysterious letters from his dead wife After reading
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