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Narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Kahiga might be exploring the theme of conflict and love.
The narrator is very much in love with Eva however his father does not agree with the romance due to the fact that Eva is blind. He is stuck in his ways and adamant that the narrator will not marry Eva. It may also be important that in the first three sentences of the story Kahiga makes reference to eyes and sight.
Not only when it comes to his relationship with Eva but his job choice was a decision made for him by his father. It is as though Last breath narrator is not allowed to follow the path he wishes to follow due to the input of his father.
The father is the one who is gauging for the narrator what is suitable and what will make the narrator happy. Rather than being happy with the choices his father has made for him the narrator is sad and bitter about the circumstances he finds himself in.
However it is interesting that she like her husband does not think that it is a good idea for the narrator to marry Eva.
It is possible that she is symbolically as much in the dark as her husband is when it comes to the narrator wanting to marry Eva. There is also no doubting that the friction between father and son has taken an effect on the narrator now that he knows his father is dying of cancer.
He does not wish his father to be dead rather he silently loves him and begins to possibly accept his father for who he is. The battles that they have fought over Eva do not appear to take on the same significance. The engagement ring also plays a significant role in the story.
With his pending death he appears to have an epiphany or moment of realisation and for the first time is sacrificing something of himself in order to help the narrator and Eva. In what can only be described as an act of altruism. He thinks of his son and Eva. The end of the story is also interesting as Kahiga appears to be exploring the theme of gratitude.
Not only is there a sense of gratitude from the narrator but he appears to be happy too. Where at the start of the story there was conflict at the end there is resolution and happiness.
Cite Post McManus, Dermot. The Sitting Bee, 29 Jun.In The Last Breath by Sam Kahiga we have the theme of conflict, control, selflessness, sacrifice, love, gratitude and change. Narrated in the first person. Auto Suggestions are available once you type at least 3 letters. Use up arrow (for mozilla firefox browser alt+up arrow) and down arrow (for mozilla firefox browser alt+down arrow) to review and enter to select.
Read or print original Last Breath lyrics updated! From those around I hear a Cry, / Oh God! Oh God! / My eyes are blind! / From those. Official music video: "Screaming in Silence".
Recording information: Recorded, mixed and mastered by Cristian Olivares at AudioCustom Studios, between January - June Praise for The Last Breath “Belle’s a smooth writer whose characters are vibrant and truly reflect the area where the novel is set.” Kirkus Reviews.
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