Books and Movies Reviews

The mountain and the valley

A sudden death of a loved one often needs to be followed with a time period of reflection and contemplation of one’s past with, and future without, the deceased. Everyone has their own way to cope with the loss of someone they love.In The Mountain and the Valley, Effie’s death causes David to reflect
and regret his behaviour towards her.Ernest Buckler uses several different devices and techniques to magnify the effect of Effie’s death on David’s future, such as, David’s behaviour towards Effie, the theme of David encountering new experiences during his coming of age, and also literary devices such as flashbacks which were apparent through out David’s attempts to coupe with the loss.These devices cause Effie’s death to be portrayed as a major turning point in David’s life.Ernest Buckler’s writing style and techniques enhanced the importance of Effie’s death in David’s life.
As David reflected upon him and Effie’s relationship prior to her death his immense amount of regrets make it apparent that his personality and behaviour is changed due to her death.Ernest Buckler portrays David and Effie as having a awkward relationship before she past away.David often found himself feeling as though he was betraying her.Yet his thoughts didn’t stop him from pressuring her with his desires, even despite the fact the she noticeably ill.David used Effie as a object which he used flaunted and bragged about.”I bet you wish she was your
girl” (143).He constantly made comments such as this one and bragged to Toby about what he and Effie had done.Effie’s death caused David to come to the realization that his actions were those of betrayal.He quickly felt immense guilt.He tried to pretend that, by sheer will, he could go back in time and change the course of his actions.Ernest Buckler enhanced the importance of Effie’s death due to its effect on the development of David’s personality.


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