Twice Gone Twice Returned Essay Research Paper

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Twice Gone, Twice Returned Essay, Research Paper An Analytical Essay on “The Horse Whisperer” ?Twice gone to hell and twice returned? (449) is the phrase Nicholas Evans uses to describe Grace?s emotional journey in the final chapter of The Horse Whisperer. In fact, Grace?s development is an important theme throughout the novel. Pivotal to Grace?s development were the two times she went ?to hell? after which a critical change can be seen in the girls outlook on life and her relationship with her mother. By breaking up the novel into three smaller sections it is easier to see this progression. Prior to Grace?s accident she is indifferent towards her relationship with her mother. After Grace?s accident she begins to confront this relationship and to some extent rebuilds it.

Later, this relationship is nearly destroyed, but when Grace once again revisits the horror of death, she finally is able to break through and reaches a peace with her mother. Not much is known of Grace?s relationship with her mother near the beginning of the novel, however, a brief background related by Annie does give some insight into the relationship. Annie recalls a conversation between her and Grace in which they are discussing a mother daughter photo shoot: ??Why don?t we ever do this?? Grace said, not looking up. Annie answered, rather too tartly, that she thought it was immoral, like product placement. And Grace had nodded thoughtfully, still not looking at her. ?Uh-huh,? she said, matter-of-fact, flipping on to something else. ? I guess people think you?re younger if

you make out you haven?t got kids.? This comment and the fact that it had been uttered without a trace of malice had given Annie such a shock that for several weeks she thought of little else then her relationship with Grace, or as she now saw it, her lack of one? (39). It?s stated twice that Grace is not looking at her mother while speaking to her. Clearly Grace is either intentionally not looking at her mother, ignoring the lack of communication between them, or doesn?t care enough to even bother. Either way, this demonstrates the lack of active communication between the two. Grace?s snide remark to Annie?s seemingly legit excuse also shows a lack of trust in Grace towards Annie. Lastly, Annie herself admits to observing the lack of relationship between her daughter and

herself. Grace?s accident forever changes the relationship between her and her mother. When Grace is in her coma, she is eventually faced with a choice: ? In the distance she could see a circle of light and somehow she knew she had the choice of going towards it or turning and going in the other direction where there was also light, but of a dimmer, less welcoming kind. ? (77). The brighter light represents death and consequently freedom from earthly problems. The dimmer light represents life and the problems Grace will have to face when she wakes up from the coma. At this point Grace chooses to head towards the dimmer light. She realizes that it is less inviting, but she chooses it regardless. Compared to how Grace handled choices in earlier examples, this choice is more mature.

It symbolizes Grace?s willingness to finally confront her problems. More importantly however than Grace?s willingness to head to that tunnel, is who Grace knows is at the end of it. ?Then she heard voices. They were coming from the place where the light was dimmer. She couldn?t see who it was but she knew one of the voices was her mother?s.? (77) Grace can?t see her mother, but she chooses to head towards her voice anyway. With no way of actually knowing what awaits her, Grace has chosen to trust her mother?s voice and symbolically her mother. Thus begins a long, difficult healing process between the two, which may not be apparent at first as Grace fights to hold on to her former state of mind. Indeed at first it seems as though Grace may be reverting to her old state of mind.