Feminism and Water Imagery in Literature: Background information when reading Tides

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Feminism and Water Imagery in Literature

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Feminism and water imagery books (top to bottom): Margaret Atwood's Surfacing, Toni Morrison's Beloved, Kate Chopin's The Awakening, Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things In Sara Freeman's debut novel Tides, after undergoing a harrowing loss, the protagonist Mara takes to the road, leaving everything and everyone she loves behind. She doesn't know where she will go, but if asked, she knows she will say, "without hesitation, [t]he sea." She is drawn to a town — any town — by the sea because her mother hails from such a place. For Mara, the sea is the origin point of her "self."

According to literary theorist Dr. Viola Parente-Čapková, in many cultures, water "has been traditionally connected with life, birth and re-birth, creation and creativity, but also with death and oblivion." In literature, water appears as a vital life force to be reckoned with (such as in Homer's Odyssey); as an element that facilitates a renewed, free life (as in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain); or as an agent that cleanses, clarifies and purifies, a notion explored in the Bible in addition to many other texts.

Water is also used ...

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