Sunday, May 14, 2006

For the past few days, I have been thinking about the meaning of the quote that Ying- ying St. Clair told her daughter, Lena. The quote is, "Then why you don't stop it?" She asked Lena this question after a black vase, which Lena's husband, Harold, made, fell off of a table. I know, in a shallow meaning, Ying- ying meant to ask why didn't Lena move the vase somewhere else, so it would not have been at risk of breaking.
However, I think the vase and the fall represented something of a greater importance. The vase probably represented Lena and Harold's relationship. The table could have represented the instability of the relationship. Gradually, the vase slid lower and lower on the table. Within time, it fell onto the floor, breaking into many pieces. The pieces were not completely broken, so they could be easily put back together. However, it would take a lot of time, care, and effort, as it would to fix Lena and Harold's relationship. But, instead of fixing the vase, Lena just picked up the broken pieces, saying that she knew it would eventually break. This could mean that she was trying to pick up the pieces of her broken heart after realizing her relationship was ruined and that there was nothing that she could do to fix it.
The question could have meant more than meaning, "Why didn't you move the vase before it fell and broke?" It could have meant, "Why didn't you save your relationship before it fell apart completely?" That could explain why Lena was so perplexed at the question. What do you think?

10 Comments:

Blogger Itaws2004 said...

I like the connection you made between the vase and the relationship. I agree. I think the vase was a symbol for their relationship and when it broke it sginfied that their relationship was going to break as well.

4:41 PM  
Blogger WEBE91 said...

I also like how you used a vase as a smbol for their relationship. I agree with swati that it signified that their relationship is about to break.

11:38 AM  
Blogger SimpleThings said...

~Tafasha~
Well Kendra, if your read up to the forth section of the book you will understand why her mother broke the vase. She broke it to lure her daughter into the room so that she could tell her of her past. Ying-Ying which means Clear Reflection, wanted Lena to know of the life she once lived. She wanted her to know her msuffers, and triumpts. She wanted her daughetr to know that she had loved her father.
However, I think that if I hadn't read that story that I would pick your interpretaion of that quote. I think that your interpretation is also correct, adn to Lena it signified her marriage amd the shape that it was in. I probably could of meant this in Lena's eyes, whereas it meant another in her mother's.

4:17 PM  
Blogger AshCeci said...

I agree with what everyone said, including Tafasha. It's true that if you hadn't read past that part it would seem that the vase was an analogy to Lena's marriage. And anyone who knows how to take care of a vase (or any other porcelain object for that matter), knows that things like that should not be placed to close to the edge. And if it's not close to the edge, don't let it get any closer.
But like Tafasha said, it was probably just simply to get Lena to listen to her mother's story of her love.

3:59 PM  
Blogger MEtalThEater said...

I agree with your comparison. I feel that the vase dose reflect to Lena's marriage. Lena knew that the vase would fall but she didn't do anything about it. That is Lena's personality. When she notices that her relationship is like the vase, it is too late and her relationship is over.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Ahmad said...

I agree with what people said about the connection you made with the vase and the realtionship. Thats not all, when you get to the sections following as Tafasha said you will understand everything.

6:17 PM  
Blogger lilsweetgrl4ever said...

I can see the connection you made wit the broken vase and Lena's marraige. I think it was a great connection, but as tafasha, you will later on find out why the vase really broke. It was only a tool for which Ying-Ying had used to lure her daughter upstairs.

7:13 PM  
Blogger ShadowGuardian57 said...

Wow, I would have never made such a connection. Nice eye. Anyway, I thought Lena and Harold's relationship was ruined from the start. That guy is really cheap and insensitive in my opinion. That was that rift between Lena and Harold. Now that the vase is gone, I see no hope for the couple.

~Anil~

8:20 PM  
Blogger cosmopolitan said...

Wow, that is a very deep analysis of the story, I had contemplated it mysel and it only left me in an uncomprehendable paradox which I couldn't find a way out of. It is deep on so many levels due to the somewhat hidden meaning behind the quote. But in the end: wasn't she supposed to just let life take its course? After all some things cannot be saved.
-lana

1:08 PM  
Blogger soccergrl said...

I totally agree with you, you took the word right out of my mouth. The vase did symbolize their relationship. The mother noticed the problems between her daughter and her husband and was trying to prove a point to Lena. Lena's marrrige was falling apart right before her eyes and she was not even doing anything to prevent it. The table that the vase was on was made by Harold he claimed it didnt have enough fluidity. Her mother wondered why she had it if she had no use for it. The table really represent Hsarold.

5:52 PM  

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