Write a 5 pages paper on love, identity and loss in the funeral party. They also question whether he should be christened before he dies, like in the case of his wife, Nina, who used to be an alcoholic, or whether he should be reconciled to his birth’s faith by a rabbi. They also wonder what the Yeltsin putsch will mean to them, which is taking place across the globe, since the Moscow that they once knew has lost right before their eyes as they witness on CNN (Lord, 2001). This paper will evaluate how the book The Funeral Party has managed to portray themes of love, identity, and loss, despite the idea that the characters portray mixed ideologies and behaviors.
The passage to be analyzed reveals four out of the five women present at the beginning of Ludmila Ulitskaya’s touching yet mordantly observed work The Funeral Party has taken off their clothes. However, this does not mean that they have gathered together for a sensual romp. However, they have gathered together on a mission of love. They have appeared before the deathbed of Alik, who used to be a painter, an aggressive yet unassimilated Russian emigrant, and an accomplished philanderer (Ulitskaya, 2010).
The group surrounding Alik at his deathbed is strange and mixed. For instance, Irina used to be Alik’s former lover as well as a one-time acrobat at a circus. She has gone through law school in what can be referred to as “feathers and sequins”, and she used to spend most of her time winding her legs in a club that used to be visited by rich people. Nina, who is Alik’s wife was the daughter of a powerful agent at KGB, though she is a fanatic of religion and a drunkard. Although her Christianity is based on Russian Orthodox, she practices it the American way by inhibiting drinks that are sweet, weak, and at the same time ceaseless. Goia is an Italian neighbor to Alik, and she narrates Dante to him using her “glass-clinking language,” though she is not aware that he is capable of speaking it like she does. Valentina is the current fiancée to Alik, and she weeps at his body. Maika is the fifth woman in the room, and she distances herself from the others. She is fully-dressed, aged 15 years, and is the daughter of Irina, which makes her the daughter of Alik as well given the timeframe that her mother spent with him (Lord, 2001).