To gain a better understanding of how language and visual techniques work together to create meaning, it is a good idea to analyse a few key scenes from the text.
- · Visual imagery of the narrator and Olivia with midwives and the possibility of having a termination
- · Metaphor of Maji in a state of Samadhi
- · Juxtaposition of the narrator’s and Olivia’s decision regarding having a child
- · Symbolism of burka for Olivia
- · Symbolism of the Italian child marble statue
- · Metaphor of crumbling child gravestone
- · Samadhi is a metaphor for pregnancy and what is usually associated with the joy of having children.
- · The narrator recognizes her pregnancy as the source of joy and does not want it terminated.
- · The burka symbolizes a culture that is different to Olivia’s own and highlights her inability to belong and be accepted.
- · Olivia chooses not to belong in the world as a mother.
- · The crumbling child gravestone represents the implications of termination according to Dr. Saunders.
- · The narrator chooses to see pregnancy as a positive change in her life, unlike Olivia whose life ‘crumbles’ after this decision.