Losing a vital person in your life is a struggle and considerably harder to adapt to. This is evident in Crow Lake when Katie’s parents get into an accident. This shows that one will go through many difficult situations before reaching emotional independence.
In Crow Lake Kate Morrison is heavily affected by the death of her parents and has an unstable childhood as a result. Katie was in such shock that she did not believe her parents died,
“she was protected from the reality of what was happening.” (Lawson 31). This defense mechanism is shown by Kate in her youthful life into adulthood. Tragically, Kate encounters the loss of friends and family in two extremely difficult courses as a child. Right off, she encounters the death of her parents, and then as Kate sees it, the reduce of the sibling she knows and has confidence in. The passing of Kate’s parents and the loss of her confidence in her sibling influences the way Kate can carry on with her life as an adult. Kate says, “you must understand: I had never thought that I would really love anyone. It hadn’t been on the cards, as far as I was concerned.” (Lawson 89). From her past, Kate unknowingly had a craving for disabling herself to love, because they usually leave. At the point when Daniel and Kate get together she says,
“people I love and need have a habit of disappearing from my life. For the same reason, I didn’t let myself think too much about the future—our future.” (Lawson 89). Kate is attempting to live with her eyes shut, a method to cope with situations as they arise. So frightened of dealing with any longer pain, Kate tries not to get too sincerely included with individuals, such as Daniel. In any case, her boyfriend Daniel can detect this and is worried that Kate just only wants to talk about work, and that their relationship will never have the capacity to end up anything more profound. Kate puts such a great amount of attention into her work since working is simple, there are no attachments, and no way of getting hurt like there is in relationships.
Luke, since he is older, must face these difficulties quicker. Luke was changed by the loss of his parents. This mishap makes Luke grow up quick, and to find his actual self. Luke does not get the chance to go to university and make sense of his identity and what he needs. Luke positively appears to need to put his siblings first, and appears to build up a connection with Bo.
Luke realizes that Bo needs him, yet he does not really acknowledge the amount he needs Bo.
Isolation is a circumstance Katie experiences before achieving emotional independence.
By Lawson utilizing numerous metaphors, Lawson can make emphasis on difficult situations Kate goes through. Kate feels disconnected after her parents passing that she felt like she was “at the bottom of the sea” when people talk to her (Lawson 53). This suggests Kate is overpowered and immersed by her feelings. This shows an emotional barrier starting to form. In addition, the barrier that keep Kate isolated is metaphorically compared to a, “…whirlwind crying” (Lawson 54), which shows the force and savagery of Kate’s feelings like that of a tornado; in this way, exhibiting the energy of barriers. From a young age Kate has been new to others’ and her own particular feelings. The Morrison family liked to keep dramatization to a base. Kate sees this as the Eleventh Commandment: Understatement was the control in our home. Feelings, even positive ones, were monitored solidly. (Lawson 9).
Being an outsider to feelings, Kate thinks that it is hard to recognize and feel what someone else is feeling. Introduction to an outburst of feelings makes Kate on edge as she can not locate a legitimate method to manage others because of her failure to completely comprehend and sympathize. At the point when Kate is addressed by one of her students, she guesses it is because of reasons related to the study. Kate says “Perhaps I don’t look the sympathetic type. I guess not the sympathetic type” (Lawson 236). While Fiona is trying to gain her words Katie says, “if it’s a personal thing, Fiona … if it isn’t connected to your work, then I may not be the best person…” (Lawson 237). Later, her student confirms it is about school. However, while Katie is urging her to go ahead with her work as opposed to leave college, she sees Fiona’s tears and then Kate shy’s away. She advised herself that regardless of both experiencing childhood in a country territory, their circumstances were not all that much. Instead of trying to relate, Kate propels herself away. The Eleventh Commandment follows and leave a big impact on Katie, that she would rather push her self away than sympathize.
Crow Lake shows the excruciating and drawn-out lamenting procedure that losing your friends and family expects you to deal with. The book is set up to successfully demonstrate the characters from children to adults, and how the impacts of their disaster keep on affecting them into adulthood. This is valid for Kate, and for Luke too. Every one of these circumstances have driven the Morrison family into a condition of enthusiastic freedom. Luke’s forfeit to surrender school so the family could remain together, Matt’s oversight of when he got Mary Pye pregnant and needed to surrender school for her, their bond with the lake which prompted Kate’s enthusiasm, and Daniel’s push to have her open up. All of these circumstances led the Morrison family to exercise greater control and will-power over their internal and external states, thus giving emotional independence.