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“Your eyes. (27)” This exchange reveals how much Christine relies on her sister to be her mental and emotional balance in life, and that trust is a good thing to have. As times have shown in the past, relationships with siblings and with parental units are very influential in the development of the mind and establishing an identity. We can see the repercussions of neglecting a young child. Eventually, the lack of affection and unconditional love transpires into a horrible tragic outcome which could have been prevented earlier in life. For Christine, there is a struggle with a desire to grasp an identity. During the scene where the Luttons are getting their picture taken, the photographer says that they “look like twins” (37) he corrects himself and says “No, not twins.

But sisters. Sisters certainly. Such a resemblance. (37)” In response, Christine says “We’re not twins. I’m six years older than my sister. (37)” Why does she feel the need to emphasize that she is six years older than her sister? She is struggling with her identity and must reaffirm and continue to let people, but mostly herself know who she thinks she is. When in actuality, she doesn’t have a clue. In scene ten Christine comforts Lea after she has a nightmare about someone chasing her. The fact that it is a female who is chasing her and she has “little bones (47)” suggests that this dream is about Isabelle. Here we see the one of the catalysts involved in the drama of being able to be trusted. Lea asks Christine “You won’t ever leave me, will you, Christine?

(48) Christine never answers and only responds with singing “Sleep my Little Sister Sleep”. The feeling of a sense of belonging is present in this scene. It is as though Christine is getting a confirmation of her role in Lea’s life, but it still stays in the back of her mind that she was dreaming about Isabelle. On page 54, Christine is about to be pushed over the edge by Mrs. Danzard when she criticizes Christine’s hemming. Out of nowhere she lashes out at Lea and says “Even if she goes, you won’t go. Lea! You’re thinking about it all the time aren’t you? That’s why you’re always dreaming. Why you’re always off in that other world. (54)” Christine is feeling that she is losing an important part of herself to Isabelle and becomes jealous and scared at the

same time. She says “You’re all I have, little Lea. All I’ll ever have. Sometimes I think we’ll never have enough time. (55)” Christine will never have time to figure out who she can fully trust and her true feelings about her sister. The end result is the death of their boss, Madam Danzard and her daughter, Isabelle. Christine became so fed up with trying to cope with everything and figuring out who she really was, that she just eliminated all doubt and suspicions by killing them. Kesselman shows us that when you are in threat to lose something, mainly your identity, the world as you know it changes drastically. Trust and dependence is an important part of anyone’s development, but once you have it, you are not guaranteed it to be there forever. It is vital that one

must at all times be in control of themselves and their destiny, it is not healthy to get lost in the tricks that you mind play on you when you hold on to the past. Bibliography “My Sister in This House” by Wendy Kesselman