Importance Of Death In M. L. Stedman's The Light Between Oceans

Superior Essays
Victor Hugo once wrote: “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise”. Grief never ends. It haunts and buren 's someone 's life for years. In M. L. Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans, grief, loss, and healing is a recurring theme in the novel, as all characters go through at least one devastating loss. Hannah’s husband has died, her daughter’s alive but not with her. Isabel and Tom have two miscarriages and a stillborn baby. These situations are hard for everyone to cope with, and some never heal from these situations. These situations are devastating for one but good for another. It takes time and strength to heal, and after years of loss and grief some characters find happiness in end and within themselves.
Hannah Roennfeldt
…show more content…
Tom has returned from serving in the war and moves to complete isolation on Janus.“The men he had accompanied to the border of life would be mourned by a mother, but on the battlefield, the loved ones were far away and beyond imagining” (93). Many people died during the war, and Tom had to see the men die which left him scarred. Tom has seen many deaths in the war, but has overcome the trauma. Even on Janus, Tom encounters more death. Tom is faced with of two miscarriages, a stillborn baby, and the death of the father of Lucy-Grace. When Lucy-Grace washes up on Janus with her dead father, Tom is forced to make a decision whether he will bury the dead man’s body in silence or will go public and lose the living baby Isabel had grown fond of, so he decides to bury him: “Bury them. Mark the grave. Salute, and walk away. That 's how it was. Hoping for the one with the most bits blown off: Tom went cold at the thought that there had seemed nothing strange about that back then” (100). It all seems too familiar to Tom as he bury’s Lucy-Grace’s biological father. For years Tom is around death, and it seems as though it never stops. Once all the deaths do stop, the baby he has raised with Isbel is given back to her biological mother, leaving Tom with another loss: “Tom stood paralyzed by the sight of the two of them--the pain etched on their faces--the two he had promised Bill Graysmark he would protect and care for” (218). Tom feels great pain as he is forced to leave the two people he loves most, Lucy and Isabel. Tom is encountered once again with death when Isabel dies of Cancer twenty years later, however Tom feels a sense of healing when Lucy-Grace comes to visit him: “Tom felt a pang as he remembered the day she had presented it to him, and his terror at the breach of the rules. And he was suddenly awash again with the loving and the losing of Isabel” (341). As Tom gives Lucy-Grace all the

Related Documents

  • Improved Essays

    Edwards; she lived facing the imminent loss and began each day with the genuine possibility of the death her beloved husband. During the time of anticipatory grieving, she experienced the complicated emotions of being a caregiver and the stress of being alone. As her husband' illness progresses, Mrs. Edwards began suffering from overwhelming anxiety, dread, mental and physical exhaustion along with many more symptoms of normal grief, like sadness, anger, depression, and forgetfulness. Mrs. Edwards took her husband’s death hard; she lost the normal human needs of security and sense of belonging. Eight months following, Mrs. Edwards passed away and was buried next to her husband.…

    • 846 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    All My Pretty Ones, by Anne Sexton, expressed the author grief of losing both of her parents within short period of time. The poem mourns the death of her family by connecting it to Macduff’s loss of his family. One can see that the author is trying to connect her lost by placing herself in position of Macduff. The name of the poem, All my Pretty Ones, is based on Macduff response to the news of the murder of his family. In Act 4, Scene 3, line 255; Macduff exclaimed “He has no children.…

    • 402 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Another symbol of unity leading to abandonment in the novel is the event of both parent’s dying from a surgery due to vision issues. As if the judge and Becky were always one— despite Fay. After dealing with not only her mother’s horrible death but her father remarrying a grueling woman such as Fay, Laurel had to relive the pain of her mother’s death while experiencing the pain from her father’s since they were results of the same illness. After her father’s death, Laurel is left the support and love from a few people who also play a symbolic role in the novel— her bridesmaids. When a girl who is getting married, she chooses the people who are going to be by her side for forever.…

    • 1369 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    During this two year period Elie had lost his mother, father, and sister to the third riech. Trying to fathom the idea of someone losing so much in so little time is extremely mystifying. Elie explained throughout the passage what it was like to wake up and realize you are all alone. Towards the end of the book, Elie’s father was dying and the morning after he had been taken away Elie found it hard to care. Only later did he regret not crying and praying for his father’s life.…

    • 597 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    She passed away at a shocking age of forty-two, leaving behind her husband and her two young kids. The death of a loved one leaves a feeling of emptiness in one’s heart that people think can never be filled. Eventually, though our hearts are healed, and the mourning is replaced with acceptance and even the ability to smile and laugh about memories involving them. Cancer did not hold Laura back from living a meaningful and impressionable life. Laura impacted everyone’s lives through cancer because of her faith in Jesus Christ.…

    • 732 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    After losing the women in his life that make him happy, Scrooge becomes depressed and lonely. Scrooge begins his childhood without a mother figure because she died shortly after his mother gave birth to him. His mother is the first of three women that Scrooge lives the rest of his life without. Without a mother around, his father tends to treat him horribly. Scrooge’s father believes that he is the reason that his mom died.…

    • 1180 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Unfortunately, the woman who saves his life passes and all things beautiful and bright were buried with her, leaving Landon emotionally distraught. With similar circumstances to the character Landon Carter, Amie incorporates the lost of her father in an online review of “A Walk to Remember.” She writes ,“I found a special meaning in the novel after I lost my dad to a malignant brain tumor; I had to watch him die. He was my other half and all the good I have in me, came from him. (Amie 3). Tragedies experienced within his family are conveyed in a backdrop of a world tour that takes readers to some deep emotional places on a journey through loss.…

    • 1179 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Plural Beauty Analysis

    • 1437 Words
    • 6 Pages

    For building, the resilience makes your goal, accept the trauma or changes in your life, think optimistically, and have good relationships with others. In the movie Howard had really effective trauma, he lost his daughter and close himself, does not take care of his self or talking his friends even his wife. After losing a child, end with a divorce of a marriage like most other families. He could not accept the death of his daughter. The first step of Howard overcome of this trauma is accepting his daughter death and sign the death certificate of his daughter.…

    • 1437 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The sober atmosphere conjured with Fall imagery develops Cyrano’s death with him reaping all that he had sowed the past fifteen years. In an attempt to take Roxane’s “ideal man” to the grave, Cyrano reads aloud “Christian’s” last letter. Only when it gets too dark to see does Roxane finally realize Cyrano was the “soul” she loved all along. The ironic situation amplifies the tragedy of Cyrano De Bergerac - Christian dies with the guilt of lying, Roxane must go through the grief of her lover twice, and Cyrano attempts to die still pinned by his insecurity. Cyrano’s fight with his weaknesses symbolizes his acceptance of death.…

    • 863 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Shes now has to let go of her old life and come to terms with her own DEATH.. Betty is Lizzie’s maternal grandmother who died due to breast cancer. Zooey is Lizzie’s best friend.Alvy is her younger brother who tells joke to not think of the fact that his sister is dead. Owen is a detective who makes sure people don’t talk to the people on earth and becomes Lizzie’s lover.Ghet is the counselor in Elsewhere. Elsewhere is where the story takes place according to the author that is where we go after death, age backwards and are reborn when we are 7 days…

    • 1652 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Improved Essays