Frinding Grace – theme

Frinding Grace – theme

An important theme in Allyssa Brugman’s “Finding Grace’ is the acceptance of other people’s differences. There are numerous examples of this theme as illustrated by Rachel’s acceptance of Hero and Miriam, Rachel’s Mother’s acceptance of Grace’s position once Alistair has revealed Grace’s past. However perhaps the most important example is Rachel’s acceptance of Grace whose brain injury from an accident at first sets her apart from Rachael. Initially Grace is thought of as a baby by Rachel but one who is quieter and who does not require constant entertainment through play. Rachel is almost scared of her because so much of Grace’s past is unknown to Rachel, who sees her as a Zombie, “alive but dead inside”. However as Grace’s background is revealed, largely by Alistair’s actions and discussions with Miriam Rachael begins to realize and accept that Grace was a real person who had thoughts and pain and anger and love and plans for the future”. Rachel begins to see herself as selfish as she had never appreciated Grace’s present position and gradually she comes to have genuine concern for Grace accepting her as a real individual. For Rachel Grace changes from having “lizard eyes” to someone she really cares about. Mr. Preston is also a person who accepts Grace’s differences. He becomes angry with those who are not able to accept and respect Grace after the accident, for example her sisters. However his acceptance of Grace is in part a result of his love for her and possibly his guilt for taking her to the scene of the accident, where he wanted her to see her former lover, Anthony, with another woman. The acceptance of differences is important to the reader in that it makes us become more aware of and understanding of disabled people. In Rachel we see this change quite distinctly in that she develops from a teenager making snap decisions, for example deciding what sort of people Grace’s sisters…


Comments are closed.