“Winterblossom Garden” to a story written by David Low and it narrates about a celibate son and his mother. The story begins with an argument of a photograph and ends when they agree on certain things at the end. In the story, there is a dispute on whether marriage is good or not for a person. They close the argument by expressing and discussing each one’s ideas concerning marriage. There are three plots that I will analyze from the story: Son and mom’s attitude to toward marriage, son and mom’s opinion toward food, and the photograph which serves as the connection and salvation between son and mom.
The story begins by the mother pouring two cups of tea for his son from a porcelain teapot. The author writes about this part, not to emphasize how the mother is obsessed by food, but, also to show her concern for her son. The mother as it may seem did not live in a place where food was not enough and believed that food was important and everybody should treasure it including her son. In contrary, her son lives in a place where food is plentiful. The son does not like the idea of her mother treating her as if he was from a land of starvation. To him, he has never experienced hunger in his life. In this part, the issue of the generation gap is brought about as they were born from different ages. The mother values food because she lived in a time of starvation while the son does not because he is born in a generation of plenty (Mayfield 546).
Furthermore, the son and the mother argue about marriage. The mother thinks that marriage is a time when one should be happy and even take new pictures. This argument begins after the mother sees pictures of her son depicting old buildings falling down. The mother believes that marriage should make someone grow up. In the contrary, the son thinks marriage is for losers. Her mother does not have his own decision on marriage as she still obeys her husband. Her mother is shown to have refused Lao-Hu’s invitation to Honolulu plus give up learning English because her husband refused.
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