Finding Solace 101

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Finding Solace 101

Maaram Ehsan

The central character (that the narrator - his alter-ego - is speaking to) is a symbol for pain. Neither age nor gender are revealed to expose the abstract nature of pain. The character targets the happiest of people, since they are the highest up; they have the furthest to fall. The story follows a woman who is charmed by this character, not recognising the danger she is in which is very common in modern society. We welcome the suffering into our lives and embrace it with our own arms unintentionally. The story teaches us that we need to stop giving people, situations or sometimes ourselves the power to take away our own happiness and remind us that it comes from within. This is very important to me as I, just like many others, often forget not to let other’s knock me down. We all tend to dwell in our sorrows and let it overcome us. The woman in the story let the pain define her and eventually end her without believing in her own strength.

Remember, we are stronger than we think and we will always control our own happiness.

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