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In what ways is the "Board of Harmony" ironic?

Created: 06/21/15

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davinamw

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In what ways is the "Board of Harmony" ironic?

In what ways is the "Board of Harmony" ironic?


Posted Jun. 22, 2015 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
juliaa

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RE: In what ways is the "Board of Harmony" ironic?

Its very title is ironic. The "Board of Harmony" provoked anything but harmony in the extended family. Maya thought it would help her be integrated into the family if she made sure Adrian remembered all the important occasions; the family members, however, thought they'd been doing just fine without it and it was one more thing that made them resent Maya. No one ever expressed the hostility and resentment overtly. that added to the "Who wrote the e-mails" mystery, because it was fairly apparent that almost everyone in the story except Adrian and Luke, the two who really did love Maya, could have been a believable author of the e-mails.


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RE: In what ways is the "Board of Harmony" ironic?

Maya's assumption that harmony was needed, or even wanted, was just one more thing that created the "disharmony" that bubbled beneath the surface in this family.


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RE: In what ways is the "Board of Harmony" ironic?

The board was meant to help Adrian keep track of his children and wives, but really it allowed him to become even more detached from them. He could feel like he was being attentive if he did all he things on the board when in reality he was less connected to his children and didn't really know them. And with Maya buying "suitable" gifts he didn't even have to think about the children's needs. The board departmentalized Adrian's life even more than it was.


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Peggy H

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RE: In what ways is the "Board of Harmony" ironic?

I agree that the board actually led to disharmony within the family. They had been getting along in a way before Maya came and had the board put up. Wasn't it more of a way to keep track and thus pulling the family apart?


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CheriFaith

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RE: In what ways is the "Board of Harmony" ironic?

It didn't serve as actual harmony for anyone, in my opinion. It was a big Band-Aid used to cover up myriad other issues!


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