Julian Sanchez Dr. Lock Women Writers of the American West 16 November 2016 Alcoholism and Love Medicine After reading Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich there seemed to be a reoccurring theme of alcoholism throughout the story. When reading Love Medicine one also notices that the title of the book attracts opposites together and creates a juxtaposed meaning of the title. The main character for these two components of the story is Gordie Kapshaw, whom throughout the book goes through life changing events, which highlight the theme of alcoholism and juxtaposed meaning of the book title itself. Love Medicine opens up with the death of June Kapshaw whom is described as being Gordie Kapshaw’s friend, cousin and lover. As the story continues a reoccurring theme comes into play, the juxtapose meaning of the novel. Love is described as being an intense feeling of deep affection, while medicine is described as the science of diagnosing, treating or preventing a disease. In Love Medicine Gordie Kapshaw falls in love with June and has always loved her. His love for her is so strong that a character in the booked mentioned how “[They] don’t know why Gordie just didn’t let her (June) go to ruin” (Erdrich 14). This shows Gordie’s deep love for June, however later in the novel, the reader notices a shift when Gordie begins to resort to other forms of medicine for his lost love. The reason why the title of the novel is so juxtaposed is because the love that is depicted throughout the novel is poisonous and unhealthy love, which causes characters in the book to resort to medicine, which in Gordie’s case is alcohol.
Throughout the novel, alcoholism plays a massive impact, especially through Gordie Kapshaw after losing his long loved wife June. On page 217 of the book, while on a drunk driving binge, he hits an object, which he believes to be his wife. He then
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