Analysis Of Vanessa Macleod's Family

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The great depression brought many countries to their knees. With many people, out of jobs, hungry, and holding on to every penny they own, it seems almost like there was no way out. The financial burden of the depression can take a toll on one’s family, it certainly did on Vanessa MacLeod’s family. As time is getting harder so is the tension in the McLeod’s house hold. The depression and the following events is a true testament to see if the McLeod family is strong enough to continue moving forward. Vernessa learns more about her family’s history, what death means, and the impotence of sticking together during hard times. Though strict, conservative, and old, grandmother McLeod plays a significant role in Vanessa’s life. When grandmother …show more content…
Grandmother McLeod lost her son in the first World War soon after lost Grandfather McLeod. When they died, she did not just lose her dearest son or husband she lost her whole way of life. As Vernessa’s father puts it, grandmother McLeod has been through a lot, she is the way she is because she is afraid of change. He says, it is not easy for her to live in the present, which is why she is the way she is (Laurence pg. 55). Vanessa soon finds out how her uncle Roderick died and how it has effects the family, which is when Venessa becomes understanding of her …show more content…
It is like her having a conversation with her father learning new things about him. Finding that letter brought her back to a memory with her father when she was younger. After missing the Remembrance Day parade, Vernessa goes to talk to her father, where he tells her about the war and how her uncle Roderick died. He also discloses what it was like to leave Manawaka at a young age. Vernessa is happy to know that letter exists because she wants to believe, the letter gave her father a sense of freedom especially since the war not only changed the family dynamic but as well as the path of his

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