The Danish Girl Memory and the Past
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Memory and the Past
We remember the last really good Danish we ate, just like we remember the last really good book we read. It was buttery and flaky with a creamy cheese filling (the Danish, not the book, silly). How could we forget anything as delicious as that?
Well, in The Danish Girl, Einar's memory is a little dicey. If he ate a Danish as Einar, he wouldn't remember it as Lili—but not vice versa. Einar and Lili don't just explore two genders; they seem to explore two different brains, and their ability to access each other's thoughts follows an interesting logic.
Questions About Memory and the Past
- Why do Einar and Lili sometimes function as two separate people with different memories?
- What mistakes from Greta's past does she try hard to not repeat? What parts of her past does she run from?
- What do the flashbacks add to the story?
Chew on This
Lili feels a lot younger than she is because she doesn't have many memories. She is like a child in this way.
When Lili severs Einar's memories, Greta takes it upon herself to carry them with her.
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