Perhaps this freak storm was the determining factor to the decision David made. That certainly could not have been his intention when he ordered Caroline to do such an unthinkable act. A year later, on a very snowy night ina pregnant Norah goes into labor and David and his trusted nurse, Caroline Gill, are the only witnesses to a heart-wrenching surprise: Once David told that lie, there was no going back.
Most of Caroline's story is centered on helping Phoebe to adjust to a world that was often against her. She left her clothes on the sand; she did not care about that either, that anyone might see them. This reference is just one of many examples that support that we cannot understand the themes of novel without a full grasp of the issues within its setting in a particular time and place.
Pittsburgh is her final; destination as David Henry vowed he would never return there as it brought up painful childhood issues. The relationship between David and his wife and son grows aloof at first and bitter later on, all because of the secret David is harboring.
David, who is constantly consumed by his dishonesty and guilt, turns to photography in an attempt to freeze the fleeting but distinct moments that make up life.
Although Norah acts as if she understands Paul better than David understands their son, Paul, at one point, becomes disgusted with his mother when he discovers she is having an affair.
Paul never gets enough of his father, even though they spend time fishing and walking through the woods. Caroline's life is forever changed because she cannot bear to leave this helpless baby in an institution, and now she, too, has to keep a secret. This event of giving away his daughter is relevant to the theme of the novel; family.
Edwards takes on many themes in this novel, including the burden of secrets, the loneliness of a disintegrating marriage, the heartache and triumph of raising children and, most pointedly, the need for developmentally disabled children to feel accepted by society.
He felt that by giving up his daughter, he was protecting his family. He had his reasons for doing so, of course, but that does not change the reality of having to live with his decision. Eventually she is able to tell David: Even with the tone the author seems to have it progress in a rapid fashion just as the years fly by in the story line.
This confirms that the relationships developed in the novel are too complicated to grasp a full understanding without knowledge about the setting and time it took place.
David was trying to protect his wife Norah from the same pain his sister, June had caused his mother. Other themes can be found on the excellent eNotes site, linked below. Emily Zibart writes from New York City. It is a decision made in a panic and only later will David realize the full extent of the consequences.
Edwards uses plot to set up a sort of life schedule. David Henry, a doctor who has escaped his humble beginnings in rural Pennsylvania, moves to Lexington, Kentucky, to begin his career.
Phoebe's twin brother, Paul, also suffers from some kind of inexplicable emptiness because of a loss he senses but cannot name. He lived his whole live lying to his family, regretting his mistake, and being trapped in his own secret.
As is true in most novels, there are multiple themes in The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards ; however, two of them are more significant than the others because they are connected to nearly every aspect of the plot. This lack of understanding lasted far too long in this country, and that is reflected in a trained medical professional being so frightened of the condition that he gave his child away and kept that secret from the child's mother and twin brother.
David Henry, a doctor who has escaped his humble beginnings in rural Pennsylvania, moves to Lexington, Kentucky, to begin his career. Caroline has struggled with at first the decision to keep Phoebe and raise her as her own, then struggling with actually raising this baby girl with down syndrome alone and with no one, but she is joyful in the book never having the depression that plagues Norah and her marriage with David Henry.
Kim Edwards made everything tie together with literary elements of metaphor, characterization, and Plot. The Memory Keeper's Daughter reveals the strength of family bonds under unique and difficult circumstances.
Emily Zibart writes from New York City. The Memory Keeper's Daughter By Kim Edwards. Viking $ ISBN Fiction / Women's Fiction / Debut Fiction. Trending Book Reviews.
The Memory Keeper's Daughter Quotes Kim Edwards This Study Guide consists of approximately 50 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The. Children with a learning disability are often looked down upon because it is harder for them to reach average expectations.
Caroline takes on the responsibility of Phoebe, a little girl with Down's Syndrome. Apr 12, · Watch video · A father separates his son from his twin sister at birth to prevent him and the mother from knowing she was born with Down syndrome.
Based on the novel by Kim Edwards/10(K). The Memory Keepers Daughter Theme The Memory Keepers Daughter Almost everybody has done something that they have regretted later on in life. David Henry, a character in The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards, shows that sometimes the past can be too heavy of a burden to carry.
Apr 12, · Watch video · A father separates his son from his twin sister at birth to prevent him and the mother from knowing she was born with Down syndrome. Based on the novel by Kim Edwards/10(K).The memory keepers daughter theme