Six Triage moments . . . By: Kim Vicente. 1 st . . . the Moment of the Shell Shock accident. - The detail on the incident through mark’s narrative is very confusing and the focus is somewhat irregular, just as if they were snap-pictures, taken through his own camera.
By: Kim Vicente
- The detail on the incident through mark’s narrative is very confusing and the focus is somewhat irregular, just as if they were snap-pictures, taken through his own camera.
- Other than showing the reason of his first trauma, this shows how he’s so disconnected to reality because he sees the world through his lenses.
“It’s not so easy with out your camera is it?”
- The Harir Cave is an important setting to the novel as it symbolises the hardships that most war soldiers suffer through; not the war but the aftermath, Triage. It is also the moment that mark decides to hide the truth from Talzani.
- This goes on to show the cause for his psychological trauma. His inability to deal with the truth.
“Colin? No, He’s staying a few more days . . . I haven’t seen him come by.
- This moment is the key to understanding how mark feels every time he comes from some war-stricken country. In short, this is his Triage. His apartment is the only place where he can escape from the issues that haunt him. The connection between him and his home is essential as it shows the way he deals with war. For example, their living room is almost empty with absolutely no decors whatsoever. The empty white walls, the huge space, are catalyst to war zones.
“It’s just emptyspace . . .
“In New York, empty space is a luxury”
- This is probably the most important moment of the story and the climax. In the moment of Diane’s child we learn the raw part of the story where Colin’s death is revealed.
- At this point, Mark slowly faces the truth and the pain, causing him to be able to realize that Colin has truly died.
“I didn’t know how to say goodbye.
I loved him. I still don’t, I’m sorry.”
- His arrival to Spain, signifies that Mark wants to forget about the pain that he is faced with and get over Colin’s death. Mark notices the similarities he and Joaquin have in terms of house ( and among other things . . .) and feels closely at home. Here in Spain, he’s able to bring his two worlds together make sense of them.
“What of your Traumas? All better?
I don’t know. Maybe”
- I think this is the last key moment to the story. Because it doesn’t end in an happily ever after, Mark’s pain is still there and the sadness doesn’t go away, but now they can go through it together. It’s almost as if the pain and suffering is what amended their relationship.
“And she saw for the first time how this journey might end. It would be the corner room of her grandfather’s home . . .and she would feel only the faintest ridge of a scar beneath her fingertips and she would look into his eyes and they would not be green stones but eyes lit with longing and sad hopefulness and the promise of a future laughter . . .”