The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake By Henrik Ibsen

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Do humans raise themselves? Are they able to survive without nourishment and protection from family? The answer to both questions is no, they can’t survive without family. There is much evidence to support this claim such as in the drama A Doll’s House written by Henrik Ibsen also known as “the father of realism” and a three time Nobel Prize in Literature nominee. As well as in the novel The Alchemist written by Paulo Coelho, the winner of many international literary awards including the Crystal Award, awarded by the World Economic Forum. It is also evident in the novel The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by the New York Times Bestseller, Aimee Bender. Humanity has many necessities for survival, but family is one of the biggest and most …show more content…
Both those feelings can be prevented by a loving and supportive family life. According to an online article written by the Mental Health Foundation titled Depression, depression can cause many negative impacts to your health, in both mind and body.Depression can show itself through many types of symptoms such as “Tiredness and loss of energy, difficulty concentrating, feeling anxious all the time, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, insomnia, loss of appetite, physical aches and pains, self harm/suicide, and many more traits”(1). It is very clear to many that depression is dangerous to the people it affects. Approximately 50% of suicide victims suffer from major depression. This is not coincidental, depression is the driving factor for people going so far as to end their own lives. Family is so vital to the stability of the individual member because they comfort and provide the support needed which helps to prevent mental illnesses like depression. Family helps give a sense of belonging that people need to be happy. This is shown as plain as day in Ibsen’s drama, A Doll’s House when Krogstad tells Mrs. Linde, “When I lost you it was as if all the solid ground went from …show more content…
Santiago says, “ When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there’s no need at all to understand what’s happening, because everything happens within you, and even men can turn themselves into the wind.”(152), By falling in love with Fatima and finding someone to be apart of his family, he feels like anything is possible and he is very happy because of the support and love Fatima gives him which shows when she says “...I want you to continue towards your goal… I want my husband to wander as free as the wind that shapes the dunes.”(100-1). The support she gives allows him to be optimistic and happy no matter the challenges he faces. Just like how Fatima and Santiago aren’t married yet, family friends and others who are not blood relatives can still take on the supportive roles that families provide, like emotional support to one another. Such is the case in Aimee Bender’s novel The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, because although George is not technically family, he backs up Rose like an older brother even when others doubt her,“But I loved George in part because he believed me; because if I stood in a cold, plain room and yelled FIRE, he would walk over and ask me why”( ). Rose is able to be honest about what is going on with her tasting emotions because George believes her and therefore keeps Rose from feeling like she is alone in her

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