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The Color Green That Reflects Upon Paradise Of The Blind

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The novel Paradise of the Blind by Duong Thu Huong takes place in Vietnam during the revolution period. Hang, the narrator of the story, is the daughter of Que and Ton. Within the novel, Hang often reviews short flashbacks of her childhood memories as an effect to help reflect upon the relationships between she and her family. Since Hang’s father past away when she was at an fairly early age, she has never been able to experience the feeling of having a father. Thus, the author occasionally creates a sad and depressing mood when Hang discovers more about his father and Uncle Chinh through her mother and Aunt Tam. Hence, the author often uses the color green, within the novel, as a symbol to illustrate the pleasurable feeling that Hang desires to obtain.The diction in the novel emphasizes the ambiguous feeling that is aroused in Hang is conveyed through the surrounding environment. For example, the negative feeling is shown when Hang pulled her mother along behind her towards the gate of the pagoda, she sits down at the foot of the banyan tree describes the roots of the banyan to be “tearing [her] from the arms of [her] mother.”(Duong 55) Before Hang’s mother took her to the village, Mother Que had just been out of a quarrel with Uncle Chinh. Thus, the word “tearing” emphasizes how Hang longs to segregate from her mother’s complicated past, which is very much related to Uncle Chinh. While on the other hand, the positive feelings that Hang conveys are shown when “a breeze caressed [her] as [she] floated, drifted up into the gateway to the sky.” (Duong 55) Abruptly, she feels delighted, to “float” and “drift”, while swinging on the “cradle of moss-green leaves” (Duong 55) and is even “caressed” (Duong 55) by the breeze. This is unusual and shows Hang’s mixed feelings about the complicating relationships within her family. In addition, the continuation of negative feelings has been displayed near the end of the book – after Aunt Tam’s death – where animals around Hang were creating disturbing noises. “A screech owl cried” (Duong 256), “croaking of the bullfrogs” (Duong 256), “shrill hum of toads” (Duong 256) and the “cry of birds at dawn” (Duong 256) helps emphasizing the gloomy atmosphere that the author’s trying to create. Next, an example that serves the emphasis of a positive feeling also happened after Aunt Tam’s death, and where Hang again “dream[s] of these fields of their greenness warming to gold at dusk, shivering under a caress of wind.” As we can see, Hang dreams once again, but instead she dreams about the fields, which she describes as “green” and “warming”. The word green is a connotation for nature, fresh, and the beginning to something. Ultimately, we see that Hang dreams of pure freedom, and a fresh start towards her new life. Which later on...

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