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Did you find parallels between Bo's relationship with his father and Isla's with her mother?

Created: 04/16/15

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davinamw

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Did you find parallels between Bo's relationship with his father and Isla's with her mother?

Did you find parallels between Bo's relationship with his father and Isla's relationship with her mother, and if so, what were they?


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beac

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RE: Did you find parallels between Bo's relationship with his father and Isla's with her mother?

No, I found parallels between Bo's relationship with his father and Isla's relationship with Bo.


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davinamw

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RE: Did you find parallels between Bo's relationship with his father and Isla's with her mother?

beac - that's interesting. What sort of parallels?


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lindah

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RE: Did you find parallels between Bo's relationship with his father and Isla's with her mother?

They were both absent. Bo's father who died when he was young at sea and Isla's mother was physically present but distant, preoccupied, detached and not engaged with her children. Isla's mother is left mysterious, one must intuit the hurts she bears from her presumably abusive former spouse, the children's father.


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joang

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RE: Did you find parallels between Bo's relationship with his father and Isla's with her mother?

The parallels that I see are related to separation. Bo's relationship with his father was brief, in childhood, separating them permanently or physically by death. Bo continues to try to keep an emotional connection by "following in his father's footsteps". Isla's relationship with her mother is still current, separating them emotionally at this point not physically or permanently. One would hope that the emotional connection returns or strengthens between mother and daughter.


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deeh

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RE: Did you find parallels between Bo's relationship with his father and Isla's with her mother?

I, too, found the parallel to be one of absence. Bo's father was frequently physically absent, away at sea, and Isla's mother was emotionally unavailable to her children.


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