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June 26, 2007

Soon after her mother’s death, Graínne stops eating. Why does not eating become so important to her, and how does her slow self-starvation relate to her mother’s illness?

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  1. June 26, 2007 5:50 pm

    I think Grainne starves herself because it is something she can control. She had watched her mother get sicker and weaker and there was nothing she could do about it. Since she didn’t even know where she would live once her mother was gone, this seemed to be the only part of her life she could control.

  2. June 27, 2007 4:46 pm

    I agree with the previous comment about it being something she can control; also, maybe this is another connection with her mother. Her mother has presumably wasted away as she was dying of cancer and maybe Grainne is punishing herself somehow for living and subconsciously wanting to feel connected to her mother by being like her. Also, starving oneself can have something to do with issues about sexuality, which Grainne seems to have as well.

  3. June 28, 2007 7:33 am

    I agree with the previous two comments about the starving being something Grainne could control and I do think that’s definitely related to the sexuality issues and a connection with her mother, like Robin said. Also she probably didn’t know how to deal with her own grief in a healthy way.

  4. June 28, 2007 10:28 am

    I agree that it may be about control. But I also second Robin and wonder if it might be connected to the guilt Grainne feels for living when her mother is wasting away. Perhaps she didn’t feel she deserved to eat and be healthy while her mother was dying in front of her.

  5. July 2, 2007 1:58 pm

    Well, I don’t have much to add to this one beyond that I agree with everyone here – it was a way for Grainne to control something, since everything else in her life is seemingly beyond her control. Also, it’s a way of connecting to her mother, to mirror what happened to Grace’s body, perhaps in the hope that she too will disappear and then rejoin her mother.

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