7 Themes

“The Barred-Spiral Trilogy” is an allegorical theme about the undeniable influence that mothers have on their children.

The Allegories

What’s in a Name uses “the abuse and obscenity of silence” as an allegory for childhood traumas spanning into adulthood.

The Perfumed Shroud is an allegory for a woman’s grief, which the novel uses to reinforce that a mother’s denial can have deadly consequences.

“Whaleseasons,” a portmanteau, is an allegory for the shocking experiences and realities of men who, having accepted that they need their mothers, discover that mothers destroy sons (see this evidence observed in nature). Also, as a novel Whaleseasons uses a spiritual allegory that also uses Christology and narratology to define the true nature, or hypostasis, of the central character Bushnell (Kingsley Busha Ⅱ), who discovers that to get his wife and children to move back into the house after they have left him he must find the answer to an enduring question from his past. Meanwhile, the reader is tasked with figuring out Bushnell’s reality amongst the boy, the man and the father.


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