Story/Chapter Title and Author: A Broken Wing by annie
I somewhat agree with this. I would imagine Narcissa to be beautiful. She is Draco’s mother and look how he came out. But I wonder if she herself realizes her own beauty.
Narcissa Black was, in every aspect of her physical appearance, an angel.
Again, does Narcissa realize how beautiful she is? It does not exactly say this in the story, but does she walk in the streets, seeming smug that the women envy her and that the men want her? Or is she completely oblivious to this?
Every women who passed by her on the street envied her and every man wished they could take her home with them.
I really like this. It makes Narcissa a human, just like the rest of us who are not perfect angels on the outside. This sort of answers my above question. Narcissa does care about her appearance. It also means that is somewhat ashamed of her flaws and tries her best to hide them with her physical appearance, perfection.
On the outside, Narcissa was perfect. But, as with everyone and everything, there is no such thing as perfection. If you looked deeper into her eyes, you would find a different story...
The first time I read this, I could not imagine Narcissa laughing and having fun and then I realized that at one point, she was a kid. Before all the Voldemort business, Narcissa was an innocent kid that laughed and played and had fun just like everyone else.
From then on, they became close friends. Every moment she spent with him, and every laugh she shared with him.
Again, this sort of backs up what I said before about innocence. Narcissa was once a girl who worried a lot about love when there was actually no reason to worry in the first place.
When she started falling in love with him, she was worried that it would end their friendship.
This shows that Narcissa did have the ability to love. It gives us a different input on how Narcissa may have been. The way a lot of people imagine her to have been in her teenage years is a person with no emotions and only followed what her parents told her to do. But this shows that she followed what her heart said.
On a cold October night, he asked her to be his girlfriend and she ecstatically accepted. That night, Narcissa believed she had found everything she could ever want.
A lot of people say that Narcissa was forced to marry Lucius for her reputation, but I like how this story shows that she did it because she actually loved him and not because he was pure-blood or anything like that.
Lucius barely waited a week after their graduation to propose to her. Narcissa, equally eager to jump into an engagement with her true love, accepted immediately.
I think this was a very important part in the story. The fact that Narcissa agreed for Dumbledore to do the deed shows that she liked the headmaster and that before and that no such hatred existed between them. Also, it shows that she also liked a Muggle-loving man and that it went against everything that had been brought up against. Another thing that shows that she liked Dumbledore is that when she “smiled and thanked him gratefully”. She wouldn’t have done that if she didn’t like him.
They were married a month later in the Hogwarts Great Hall. Dumbledore was the one who did the deed, and before the two newlyweds left to spend their honeymoon in Bulgeria, he wished Narcissa the best of luck with their marriage.
"My two cleverest students married... Oh, how I've longed to see this day," he said with a twinkle in his eye just as they were leaving. Narcissa smiled and thanked him gratefully.
What can I say about this quote? I think it speaks for itself. Narcissa was blinded by love. When I read this, I got an image of slave, and in a way, she is. She has enslaved herself and only she can give herself freedom. This answers my previous question about whether Narcissa realized her own beauty or not. I think the answer is yes, but she is too blinded by her love for Lucius that she no longer cares to impress anyone but him.
Yet even though he began to go out every night, returning at the break of dawn, she still waited faithfully for him to return from work during the day. He spent at most 10 minutes in their huge residence before leaving again, but she treasured those 10 minutes more than anything. He was like a god to her: she worshipped the ground he walked on, and was willing to go to the end of the world to bring back a pebble if he asked her to.
I think that Narcissa not saying anything to Lucius shows a weak spot. Why didn’t she stand up to him? She is a Death Eater and has had to withstand Voldemort, but she cannot with someone like Lucius?
Narcissa would often talk to him about her day when he returned home from work. Sometimes, when he'd just experienced a particularly bad day, he'd slap her and tell her to shut up. "I don't want to hear any of your rubbish right now," he'd snarl. No tears escaped Narcissa's eyes; she simply nodded and obediently shut her mouth.
Despite how said that she was weak for not standing up to Lucius, she is also in a way very strong for being able to keep in her tears for when he left rather then crying right there in front of him.
When he left the house again, though, she would go up to their room, collapse onto the bed, and weep into her arms.
This shows that Narcissa knows something is wrong, but she just doesn’t want to except it. Even Narcissa isn’t that blind to know that Lucius does not love her anymore, but she just doesn’t want to hear the truth.
Despite the nagging voice at the back of her mind that told her something was wrong, Narcissa let Lucius abuse her day by day.
As I said before, she doesn’t want to accept the truth that Lucius doesn’t love her and she even finds excuses to cover up the truth such as saying to herself, “It’s only temporary.”
Although his cutting words and sharp slaps wore her down both mentally and physically, she stood silently and took it in. "It's only temporary," she would tell herself whenever she was alone.
I think this is the best quote to show that Narcissa is not her own independent woman. I take back what I said about her being strong for keeping in her tears. She couldn’t even manage that anymore.
One afternoon, she told Lucius that a well-known wizarding musician was passing through town in an attempt to train any undiscovered talent as an apprentice. She eagerly asked him if she could go, not for a moment doubting that he would say no.
To her shock and disappointment, he firmly told her to stay at home and forget about visiting the musician. Narcissa struggled to keep the tears in, but eventually they began flowing and she shamefully started crying into her hands. "Please, Lucius, this is my dream," she sobbed.
Wow. She committed suicide. I think that this was her first and last act of independence. She didn’t ask Lucius if she could kill herself, but did it on her own accord. She had finally freed herself from her enslavement, but I think it foolish to do it in that way. If only she could have left Lucius, she would have also freed herself, but in a better way.
Narcissa lay completely still upon their bed. Her body was limp and one arm hung over the side of the bed. Her wand lay on the ground a few inches away, giving off the impression that it had fallen out of her hand. Lucius slowly approached her body, a dozen thoughts tumbling around in his mind but no emotions surfacing on his face. His eyes moved down from her closed eyes, to her slightly parted lips, to a small, folded note, lying on her chest. He picked it up with stiff fingers and opened it. Written on it were three words:
"I loved him."
Beth: There were some very clever conclusions made in this study that were supported substantially by the (somewhat numerous) excerpts you provided. However, there were also portions of this study that I could not help but categorize as filler, with no real development or nothing really new or insightful. Five points for your participation and another ten points for your study.