Side Note:

Side Note:
For those who haven't figured it out, or haven't been here: The titles of most of the blogs here are song lyrics. If you google them, it should take you to the song and the song is good to listen to before, during, or after reading to help set the tone of the blog. I find music to be very cohesive with reading and writing.

Monday, November 5, 2012

I Walked With You Once Upon A Dream...

I have found when I read a book, much like when I hear of happenings in lives of those around me, I personalize the story. I take into account the feelings of all the characters, and different times in my life, when i re-read the same book, I might see things differently and the character may be shed in a different light than the last time I read the book.
For instance, presently I am reading The Awakening by Kate Chopin for what is probably the dozenth time. When married, I read this book, and found it detestable that she should act so callously towards her husband. When my marriage fell apart, I saw the demons the author portrays in him so much more clearly. And now, a year after that, I reread it again, and I find that I see devils and angels in both characters. I see them as human and feel sympathy for both.
I see how he stifles her and stunts her emotional and personal growth, but I also see that he dotes on and adores her. He sees her flaws, but loves her. Then I see her struggling to be the wife she wants to and should be, but knowing that the "too little, too late" attitude has already overtaken her, it she can't be swayed from her mindset now to move on and carry on with her infidelity and plans of leaving him. I see her become selfish and forsake both her husband, her children, then her friends and family because of this person and because of her choices and not just the choices themselves, but instead how she chooses to go about enacting them.
I see how her dreams become muddled and she loses sight of her virtues and focuses solely on selfish desire.
I am still reading, perhaps by the end of the book my opinions will shift again.

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