I'm going to assume that neither of these questions has to do with the novels they're linked to, and that they are actually questions on development and education. "A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain Themes". To find happiness in love is a primary motif in "Fairy Tale," "Snow," and "Love." Vinh and Frank begin a strange and secretive relationship in which hostilities are sometimes manifested concerning their respective roles in the Vietnam War. As a child, she was saddened when her grandfather told her that she could not tend to the worship of her family members because she is a woman. In the pack of cigarettes is a photograph of the dead American soldier's wife. His daughter learns more from her father by discovering some letters that he had written to the United States government in which he angrily and poetically demands his daughter's release, and she longs for him to love her in the way that he expressed his love in those letters. The situation is compounded further when his wife realizes that her grandfather has no recollection of her. He appreciates the way in which people tell what is on their mind and a person is not expected to sustain his or her entire family. Ho’s decision to follow the Western teachings of Karl Marx and Dao’s decision to follow the Eastern spiritual teachings of the Buddha represent a split within the national character that is simultaneously political and psychological, fragmenting both the nation and its individuals. After you claim a section you’ll have 24 hours to send in a draft. 1985 interview with Robert Olen Butler (RealAudio), Photos of the first edition of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter, Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=A_Good_Scent_from_a_Strange_Mountain&oldid=934931069, PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction-winning works, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 9 January 2020, at 11:00. Both the title piece and the final story of the collection, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (1992), carry more thematic weight and complexity within that context than if read independently. "Salem" is a story of a Vietnamese soldier that works alone in the jungles of Vietnam and assassinates American soldiers that stumble on his path. you knew you had to understand everything or you would be incomplete forever.”. However, Dao counters with the provocative question, “Are there politics where you are now, my friend?” The story’s final words might summarize this thematic aspect: “I wanted to understand everything . In time, as she moves away from the society in which she lived as a child, she starts to become more independent and thus her views on the world change as well, the narrator transforming form a powerless little girl into a young and powerful woman. As a spy in Vietnam, he was able to direct U.S. missiles onto the homes of men who aroused his jealousy by looking at or flirting with his wife. Thập later kills an Australian soldier and himself. These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. Despite barriers of age and language, Thiệu tries to educate his son to be more Vietnamese. "Mid-Autumn" is about a mother's first love lost; "In the Clearing" is an apology from father to son for having to leave his family in Vietnam. The narrator is a young woman who tells her story to the reader and the idea transmitted is that women were not appreciated in the society in which she lived. "Letters from my Father" is the story of a Vietnamese teenager who has grown up without her American father. When the narrator tries to assure her grandfather that she will pray for his soul after he dies, she is told that her prayers would have no value because she is a woman. The main theme in the story ‘’The Trip Back’’ is the conflict between the old and … Dao peacefully awaits sleep—and presumably death—at the end of the story in the conviction that he and Ho “will be together again and perhaps we can help each other. When Mr Green grows old and melancholy, plucking out his own feathers, the narrator kills him by wringing his neck as she had learned from her mother and grandmother. This represents the first time when the narrator realizes the limitations imposed on her because she is a woman and this realization makes her feel powerless. Kánh is shocked when he discovers that Mr. Chinh is chaperoned by his cousin Hương, and during his trip home realizes that Alzheimer's disease afflicts Mr. Chinh.