Next, we will focus on the relationship between the narrator and her sister in “Same Same but Different” by Anne Hayden.
When Molly was alive, she dominated their relationship, making the narrator of feel inferior:
…her on lead vocals, me on backing. We’d mock fight over which of us could have Luke Goss, (…) But I knew if the unlikely situation did arise, Molly would get Luke and I’d have to settle for his slightly less handsome brother Matt. (ll. 9-12)
The narrator was frequently bothered by Molly taking the lead in their relationship, such as when she finished her sentences: “We fought a lot that summer, I was tired of her finishing my sentences and speaking for both of us, a throwback to when I had a stammer as a child. Old habits die hard, I suppose.” (ll. 26-28)
In other words, their relationship was probably often conflicting. This is why the narrator was happy to return home from New York without her sister: “…the independence was freeing. It was also the first time in my life that I’d had my parents’ undivided attention.” (ll. 69-70)