Analysis of The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bear by Dinaw Mengestu
He decided to seek the shores of America for peace and tranquility once the intolerable limits of conflicts engulfed the society in Ethiopia. Soon he found that America too was in desperate search of precious human assets. This is revealed in the story through his interactions with other characters in the neighborhood. The halo of living in Washington DC was superficial. It had many dark moles. Initially, his friends and acquaintances’ circle were limited to Africans, but later he got acquainted with a white woman, Judith, and her biracial daughter, Naomi. This was the beginning of another chapter in his study of human relationships, and he benefited from the opportunity to study their lives while comparing his own with what he saw in them.From what Sepha discovers in the new world of America, the reality of displacement from a local community that you once loved is clearly communicated. Despite this challenge, while shuttling to a distant and unknown nation, the hope is everything will be alright! According to Mengestu, every life is special, with nothing uninteresting about it. The big and little events that one has to confront are inevitable, and convey a new meaning to the inquisitive traveler in the chosen path of life. He is the monarch of all that he surveys comprehensively. The truth about the world he experiences is not rooted on the strong and fertile ground, however, but one he must give up and surrender. He honestly observes things around him withered by moral and military disruption, creating an outcome of cross-cultural confusion where often serious misunderstandings happen. The author writes confidently that the society in Ethiopia pays a heavy price in from the cost of its situation, and conveys Sepha’s attitude amongst the suffering he sees leaving behind as optimistic. It can be understood, therefore, that such strength found in this great novel is encouraging for all to experience.