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Breath Eyes Memory Essay

980 words - 4 pages

Breath, Eyes, Memory

“The Marassas were two inseparable lovers. They were the same person, duplicated in two. They looked the same, talked the same, and walked the same. When you love someone, you want him to be closer than your Marassas; you want him to be your soul. The love between a mother and a daughter is deeper than the sea. You and I could be like Marassas (pg. 85 Danticat).” That is what Sophie’s mom said to her when she found out that Joseph proposed to Sophie. This Quote demonstrates how deep the love Martine has for Sophie. Breath, Eyes, Memory is a Novel about a girl named Sophie who is taken from her mother when she is just a baby. She lives in Haiti with her ...view middle of the document...

She still carries the pain of when her mother use to test her. Danticat suggest in her novel that most Haitian mothers test their daughters to make sure they stay pure till marriage. This quote shows the impact the test had on Sophie. Because her mother tried to keep her pure it now prevents her from feeling comfortable to any one's touch. Martine thought by doing this she was protecting her. But it has a deeper meaning to it. Too much love can sometimes be deadly. Many people fail to realize that when you are over protective with your child it pushes them away even more and may cause them to try things just because they know there not suppose to. Now Sophie feels disgusted with herself, she will always have this memory with her.
I enjoyed reading this novel because I felt that I could relate to the main character in some ways. Sophie went through a lot of hardships in her life. She was conceived through rape, so when she was baby she stayed in Haiti while her mother left to the U.S. She loved her life in Haiti , but that suddenly it all changed when her mother sent her a cassette telling her that she wanted Sophie to come live with her in New York. That is when her life changed. Her mother expected to much from her. She wanted her to become a doctor even though Sophie wanted to be a secretary. She could not talk to boys, but soon enough she was 18 years old and her mother could no longer control her “ I heard him playing his keyboard as I lay awake in bed. The notes and scales were like raindrops, teardrops, torrents. I felt the music rise and surge, tightening every...

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