Thursday, April 15, 2010

Torment and Imagination - a Gateway to Creativity or Madness?

In the story, Emily handles her torment and abuse by escaping into her imagination. Her life is fraught with difficulties and every day she has to navigate around an abusive and sadistic father. Her world is difficult to bear, so she creates a world that is woven in happiness and suits her kind nature. Emily spends a lot of time drawing and writing, and creating her own bearable world as a shield to the world she has to face whenever her father is around. Emily is, by nature, a sensitive person which compounds the impact that abuse has on her. It follows a natural transition that Emily's nature is in direct contrast to her father's abusive nature and would result in the use of her imagination to protect her from harm. This begs the question, if Emily lived in a happy environment with loving parents - would her imagination flourish? If adversity fuels the imagination and creativity - how far can it reach before it crosses over into madness?



In Pages in the Wind, there is a passage in the beginning of the book that illustrates how her imagination rescues her from the torment of her father:




"It was a typical sunny day and Emily got up early before the rest of the family, and quickly dressed and walked quietly to the front porch. This was a special time of day for her. The house was silent and the world was quiet. All she could hear were the thoughts within her own mind, uninterrupted by the terrifying shouting of her father. She would sit on the porch, her favorite place and the place where Reid would always wait for her. She would have a pencil and a tablet with her during these quiet times, for Emily loved to draw. She would always draw the same thing - faces of girls. She was talented at drawing and could capture an imaginary girl in her mind, draw her face as she imagined it, and fantasize an entire life around the picture. For hours she would sketch, not missing a detail of who this girl was. She would imagine what kind of life this girl lived, and the people that surrounded the imaginary girl's life. She would draw for hours, lost in her rapid and endless imagination, until her fantasy world was interrupted by the terrifying sound of her father's voice."



So - I wonder, where will this imagination lead? Surely Emily would rather live in her imaginary world as opposed to the wicked world imposed by her father. If the mind creates thoughts and perceptions - which world is real? Will her imagined world collide with her real world? What is the impact of prolonged trauma on the young mind?


What do you think?

9 comments:

  1. I enjoyed your authors note. You have a great grasp of psychology and how trauma interacts with the young mind. Your blog is fantastic, and I am now followiing. You have alot of passion and your writing is beautiful. I'm glad I found your writing on google reader.

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  2. so beautiful - I am impressed with your writing and can't wait to read more. Im following!

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  3. This is good. Though i feel i need to go back to the beginning for the best understanding. I think that the results of the negativity in the real world, pushes her to tap into creating this imagination of what she really wants. There's a slight chance she wouldn't be able to capture the same emotion in her work if her imaginations was a reality.

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  4. mind blowing! I like the way you presented the character in detail. Keep writing.

    Sureindran Raja Silvam.
    http://www.sureindran.blogspot.com/

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  5. Your author's note is great Emily is a very, very real person. Can't wait to read more.

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  6. I wish that I could live inside my fantasy world, I understand Emily's plight, thank you for giving me a character I can identify with.

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  7. your words just draw me in. ..am looking forward to reading the book when it comes out. Wishing you the best of luck in your writing. Will be back to read more. I do hope thee book will have a happy ending for Emily.

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  8. Am hooked! I really have to go back to the beginning... Am at the edge of my seat wondering what the next move, step will be. The art/ drawings are beautiful

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  9. Your writing is so incredible. Please write more because you are beyond doubt the best! I am so into Emily.

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