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From Repacking Your Bags, the writer wrote: "With her death, the generational curtain was flung open completely. I no longer had any protection from the raw edge of total responsibility for my life."
Her, here, is his mother. She died 11 years after his father's death. I think the meaning of these sentences is that he lost both father and mother, no one could protect him now, so he must be responsible for himself. Am I right? Anyway, what does "generational curtain" mean? Is it like the show was over (and the curtain was opened) or something?
One more question, what exactly is the raw edge of total responsibility?
Thank you, Beeja
Last edited by beeja; 28-Apr-2014 at 09:04.
I read the opening of the "generational curtain" as a metaphor for no longer having a barrier of protection provided by the older generation. "Edge" can mean the point at which something begins. "Raw" can carry the meaning of cruel, harsh.
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