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Title: The Glass Roses


1
The Glass Roses
  • Alden Nowlan

2
Alden Nowlan
  • In 1933, Alden Nowlan was born into rural poverty
    in Stanley, Nova Scotia, adjacent to Mosherville,
    and close to the small town of Windsor, Nova
    Scotia, along a stretch of dirt road that he
    would later refer to as Desolation Creek. His
    father, Gordon Freeman Nowlan, worked
    sporadically as a manual labourer.
  • His mother, Grace Reese, was only 15 years of age
    when Nowlan was born, and she soon left the
    family, leaving Alden and her younger daughter
    Harriet to the care of their paternal
    grandmother.
  • The family believed that education as a waste of
    time, and Nowlan left school after only four
    grades. At the age of 14, he went to work in the
    village sawmill.

3
Alden Nowlan
  • At the age of 16, Nowlan discovered the regional
    library. Each weekend he would walk or hitchhike
    eighteen miles to the library to get books, and
    secretly began to educate himself.
  • At the age of 19, Nowlan's started working at
    Observer, a newspaper in Hartland, New Brunswick.
    While working at the Observer, Nowlan began
    writing books of poetry.
  • Nowlan eventually settled permanently in New
    Brunswick. In 1963, he married Claudine Orser, a
    typesetter on his former paper, and moved to
    Saint John with her and her son, John, whom he
    adopted.
  • He became the night editor for the Saint John
    Telegraph Journal and continued to write poetry.
  • In 1966, Nowlan was diagnosed with throat cancer.
    His health forced him to give up his job, but at
    the same time the University of New Brunswick in
    Fredericton offered him the position of
    Writer-in-Residence.
  • He remained in the position until his death on
    June 27, 1983.

4
Characters - Stephen
  • Stephen associates being a man with the
    characteristics that his father has modeled.
  • He doesnt want to be like his father, but he
    wants to be recognized as a man.
  • Realizes that his father has been affected by the
    war, but Leka has as well, and yet, they both
    have differing end results.

5
Characters - Leka
  • Nowlan describes him as a Ukrainian second world
    war refugee, who has come to New Brunswick to
    work in the pulp woods.
  • He is paired with a boy, who is the son of the
    foreman.
  • The woodsmen think he is from Poland and call him
    a Polack.
  • He is a man whose heart is constantly warmed by
    the memory of the culture he once beheld
    cathedrals, castles, cavalrymen and whose
    dreams are racked by the spectre of its
    destruction.
  • He constantly faces fear
  • When Leka is awake, he is persecuted due to his
    differences.
  • His nightmares remind him of what he endured
    during the war. They remind him that he wanted to
    die that he had given up.

6
Stephens Father vs. Leka
Father Leka
Hard/rough Hard worker/strong Demanding Unemotional Judgmental/Afraid of different people Lacks compassion Physically weaker Finesse/fragile Friendly Emotional/sentimental Open-minded Respect for nature Man of religion Kind and compassionate
7
Symbols
  • Glass Roses
  • They are valuable, yet fragile and beautiful.
  • They represent all that is innocent and
    wonderful, but can easily be broken by others.
  • The Axe
  • Represents the strength and respect.
  • It is what holds Leka and Stephen back from being
    recognized as men.
  • The Cathedral
  • They represent a world he once knew and valued.
  • They provide Leka and Stephen with a point of
    discussion that most men would not share with
    each other.

8
Themes
  • Search for Identity Stephen is oscillating
    between what kind of man he wants to become.
  • Illusion vs. Reality This could be explored on a
    few levels
  • How the men view their relationship vs. how
    Stephen and Leka view their connection.
  • What most people believe to be masculine
    characteristics and what really makes a strong
    man.
  • Individuality vs. Conformity For Stephen to be
    accepted by his father and the other men, or for
    him to stand on his own and make the choices.
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