Sibling Relationships In A Yellow Raft In Blue Water

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Sibling Relationships in A Yellow Raft in Blue Water

Relationships play an important role in one's life. They are formed on the basis of love and understanding. Relationship helps various people in every aspect of life and assists them in being a better person. Such a relationship was found in the novel
A Yellow Raft In Blue Water. Christine and Lee had a unique brother-sister relationship. They cared for and protected each other and as well as overcame their fears of life. Christine did not believe in herself and tried very hard to be accepted by the society. Lee was the one who made Christine gain confidence and accepted her for who she was. Christine, on the other hand provided Lee with the motherly love that Aunt Ida had never bestowed upon her children. Christine and Lee offered each other the love and understanding that helped them go on.
Christine and Lee had a unique sibling relationship. Their love and deep concern for one another was portrayed in their feelings. Lee and Christine always had each other's shoulder to cry on. Their assurance for one another is what helped them advance in life. Lee had meant the world to Christine and without his advice Christine would not do anything. " He told me how to dress, and listened to all my stories. He would take my side against anybody. He would talk me out of a bad mood by telling me he was worse off" (146). This quote reveals the special bond between Christine and Lee, a bond that was never broken even during their separation. Moreover they were willing to do anything for each other. Lee had once risked his life to save Christine's, he supported her whenever she needed help, stood up for her and always cheered her up. Lee was the kind of brother who would do anything for his sister. When Christine thought that Lee should enlist in the army he did so and lost his life while fighting for his country and fulfilling his sister's wish. Christine wanted Lee to be a patriotic young man who would do anything for his country. At first Lee had not agreed to Christine's wish, " If you go through with this you're not my brother" (164). When Lee contended his sister's wish, she was filled with pride.
Secondly, both Christine and Lee cared deeply for each other. They were equally important to each other and there was always a mutual understanding between them. At one point Lee risked his life to save Christine, although Lee was quite young at that time he still knew that it was important to protect his sister. " Lee was everywhere with me and in the spring he saved my life" (146). This quote describes the emotions existing between Lee and Christine. When Christine was in danger Lee knew that he had to save her no matter...

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