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The Women with an Obscured Face

posted Apr 18, 2010, 4:02 PM by Big Fudge   [ updated Apr 18, 2010, 8:25 PM ]
Question 2: Ram has a recurring dream of a tall woman with black hair that obscures her face. At what moments does he have this dream, and why? What does this woman represent? Is she his biological mother? A symbol of hope? Abandonment?

So far from what I've read this woman appears when Ram witnessed something that changes his perspective in life. On page 95 Ram asks another character named Jitu if he could try some glue. "After I inhale, I start to feel a little dizzy, the floor beneath me appears to shift, and I begin to see images. I see a tall woman, clad in a white sari, holding a baby in her arms... reaches out his tiny hand and with gentle fingers smoothes cavernous eyes, a crooked nose, sharp pointy teeth glistening with fresh blood, and maggots crawling out of the folds of her lined and wrinkled skin, which sags over her jaw. I never try glue again." I remember back in therapy that if the child experienced a traumatic event they are likely to block it out until another event causes them to remember it. Ram being left in a clothing bin as an infant with the only image of what seemed to be his mother's shadow image somehow bringing him comfort during stressful encounters. So I guess in a sense it brings him hope if he sees this image whenever something complicates his understanding of life.