How does the story of the Deathless Man (Gavran Gaile) help Natalia and her Grandfather cope with the strifes and tragedies in their lives? I am thinking that Gavran Gaile represents something that brings relief to Grandfather, but I can't get a clear grasp of this. Please help!
The story of the deathless man helps Natalia and her grandfather to survive during the tumultuous periods. The deathless man cannot die as a punishment from his uncle, who is death. He is condemned to eternal life in pursuit of the dying because he lied to a lady he loved to save her life, which was in contrast with his purpose.
The story relates closely to that of Natalia’s grandfather whose freedom to practice medicine, which was something he loved, was revoked by the administration. In his situation, Natalia’s grandfather refused to stop practicing medicine and proceeded to see his patients in secret. It is possible that he derived his strength and the will to continue practicing from the story of the deathless man.
Natalie also faced some challenges, especially when interacting with Dure, whose daughter was sick and prevented from accessing medication. Natalie’s love for her work and the children’s health, forced her to perform the rituals required so the children are allowed to access treatment. In her situation, she fights for what she believes is right by performing the ritual, which is in contrast to her practice, in order to have the children access proper medical attention.