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How is Valley Song an examination of love, trust, loss, faith and hope?

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melrau | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 21, 2012 at 9:44 AM via web

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How is Valley Song an examination of love, trust, loss, faith and hope?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 21, 2012 at 6:00 PM (Answer #1)

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Valley Song is an exploration of the human condition.  Whether we are rich or poor, we all have dreams.  They are part of our humanity.  Hope is closely related to dreams.  Like the pumpkin seeds, dreams grow only if cultivated in the proper conditions, one of which is love and another is hope.

I swear on the Bible, on my Ouma’s grave, that you will never see me walk barefoot with firewood on my head and a baby on my back—you will never see me on my knees scrubbing a whiteman’s floor. (p. 37)

Every character in Valley Song “is pursuing a dream, and it is the nature of the characters' dreams and how far they are willing to go to achieve them that really defines who they are in the world of the play” (enotes themes).  Hope and dreams are carefully connected, but so are hope and loss.  One of the reasons Veronica wants so desperately to be a famous singer is that she has lost so much.  She is poor, and her grandfather does not seem to understand her as well as she wishes her mother and grandmother would if they were alive.

The motif of trust and faith is weaved throughout the story.  Veronica’s grandfather does not trust her to be able to run off to the city and succeed, because her mother did the same thing and ended up pregnant and then dead.  He also does not trust the man who visits his farm, because he thinks that the farm will be sold out from under him.  His lack of trust contrasts strongly with Veronica’s trust in her dream.  He may not have faith in her, but she has faith in herself.  Ultimately the author decides that he has faith in her dreams too.

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