Essay about The Main Theme of the Story Sister Imelda

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In Sister Imelda there are many themes that could be presented as the “main theme” of the story, however, there is one point that stands above the rest. The main problem a reader has to address in Sister Imelda is whether or not Imelda is truly dedicated to her vocation as a sister or if she simply could never adapt to life outside the convent. This contributes to the main point of the story being the lack of conviction Imelda has for her vocation. At the beginning of the story Imelda has just returned from some time spent outside the convent and the fact that she has returned surprises the narrator, who cannot imagine living out the rest of her existence in the convent. In fact, the narrator hates the convent and talks to her …show more content…
The time during which the story is set was not a very positive one for the homosexual community and these people were very often a subject of social stigma. Maybe, because of this, Imelda was punishing herself with the religious life as atonement for what she thought was a “sinful” relationship. This argument in itself is fairly flawed however when we realize that even if Imelda saw her relationship with the narrator as “sinful” she continued the affair apparently without much thought. This may contradict the idea that Imelda is not serious about her vocation and redirect to think that Imelda may simply think that living inside the convent would make the relationship easier for her. These two contradictory ideas are what make the idea of Imelda not having strong conviction for her vocation the main point of the story. Another facet to this idea could possibly be the fact that Imelda likes control, within the convent she has complete control over the relationship and this is what makes her not open to the idea of her and the narrator leaving the convent to continue their relationship in the “real world”. The control Imelda seeks to have over the narrator through her control of the relationship is what I believe spells the end for the couple because the narrator is not willing to be in such a controlling environment both romantically and psychologically. The relationship ultimately ends because of Imelda’s need for control and the

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