THE ANALYSIS OF THE MAIN CHARACTERS’ HATRED
DEPICTED IN SANDRA BROWN’S NOVEL,
WHERE THERE’S SMOKE
Someone in his or her own life has the feeling of
happines, love, longing, angry and hate. It is felt because
of some reasons. This analysis discusses about the main
characters’ hatred depicted in Sandra brown’s novel, “Where
there’s Smoke”. The main characters that discusses here is
Jody and Lara. Jody hates Lara and her son, Key. Lara also
hates her husband for some reasons since the death of their
daugthe, Ashley. She think her husband is too ambitious.
Both Jody and Lara have the same characteristics. They hate
4.1 Jody’s Hatred to Lara
Jody Tackett is the mother of Clark Tackett, Key Tackett
and Janellen Tackett who own the Tackett oil in Eden Pass.
She is well known in Eden Pass because of her influenced
in the small town in Texas.
She hates Lara Mallory, Randal’s wife so much. She hates
her because Lara has known by American’s society as a bad
woman who has broken down Clark Tackett’s carrier in
political as a senator in America representative from
All mothers in this world are wished their son to be a
good and successful person. They are willing to do every
thing for the success of their son and also protection.
That is the pure love from a mother. See the following
“The only thing Jody loved better than Tackett
Oil was her boy,Clark. She thought the sun rose
and set in him. I guess he never crossed her.
Anyway, she had his future all mapped out,
including a stint in the White House”
“Clark was Eden Pass favorite
(Sandra Brown, 1993: 51, 67)
The quotation above shows that Clark has become a
favorite son in Eden Pass. It is Jody’s plan on him. Jody
is happy because her plan becomes true
In her eyes, Clark was a golden boy in the family
because he always follows whatever she said to him. So that
she also loves him very much more the others her son and
daughter, are Key and Janellen.
However, it is not too long. Her happiness changes into
a sadness, hatred, disappointed and revenge. Clark catches
red-hand with a woman who has a husband, named Lara Porter.
The scandal becomes the hot news in America.
It makes Jody hates to Lara because she thinks that the
good name of Clark and his politic carrier is going to be
down because of Lara. Moreover Americans do not like him
anymore. See the following quotation:
“He had no future, period. You cost
him his carrier in politics. He didn’t
even embarrass his political party by
running again. He knew that American
had had their fill of statement
getting caught in compromising
position with bimbos.
(Sandra Brown, 1993: 63)
The quotation above shows Jody’s sadness on Clark and
her hatred to Lara is the cause of her failure in getting a
good future for Clark. Of course all mothers do not want
their sons’ future broken by someone whoever they are. The
mothers will really get angry to them, even they do not
want to see them.
Jody’s hatred to Lara has made her leaving Eden Pass.
She worries that Lara will find out the scandal. Clark
tells his mother he does not let Lara knows about the
scandal. In fact she knows it herself when she comes to her
husbands room where he and her husband are making love.
This is the condition that makes Jody feels worry if Lara
stays in Eden Pass. Jody worries if Lara will tell the
truth about Clark. If Lara tells the truth about Clark to
the public, it surely makes her family’s good name downed.
Thus, Jody think the problem solving for this case is to
get Lara out of Eden Pass. Thus she makes some tricks to
move Lara from Eden Pass, see the following quotation “
“Just stating the fact, Doc. Nobody
in Eden Pass will dare offend Jody by
becoming your patient. You can count
on that. Too may families depend on
Tackett oil for their livelihoods.
They’ll drive forty miles for an
aspirin before they’ll darken your
Sandra Brown, 1993: 67)
The quotation above shows Jody’s trick to move Lara away
from Eden Pass. As a woman who has a big power and ownes
everything, she can influence the people in Eden Pass not
to come to Lara as her patient. Her influence is felt by
Lara. Although she is a competent doctor, no many people
come as her patient for they afraid of Jody’s intimidation.
All the people in the town drive out of the town only to
get an aspirin moreover, they afraid of Jody because they
can be fired from her company if they don’t listen to her.
Jody really hates Lara. She does not want to be helped
by Lara thought she needs the help very much. Examine the
“Ge’ ‘er away from me. Don’ want ‘er
to touch me.” Her speech was slurred,
but her message was clear.
“Dr. Mallory saved your life, mama,”
Janellen said gently.
Jody tried to sit up but couldn’t.
She fixed a murderous stare on Dr
Mallory. Although she couldn’t
articulate her animosity, it was
Key made a swift motion with his
head. “Take off, Doc. She doesn’t
want you near her. You’re only making
(Sandra Brown, 1993: 252-253)
The quotation above shows Jody’s hatred to Lara. Even
she is dying she still rejects Lara’s help to save her
life. Her hatred to Lara is also the reason to forbid Key,
her son, to be close with her. She does not like Key makes
a relationship with Lara. She really wants to drive Lara
away from Eden Pass. She even says that she will not die in
peace before she knows Lara goes out from Eden Pass. See
the following quotation:
“Lara ignored him. “Primarily, I’m
backing down because I’m afraid the
fight might kill you.”
Jody focused on her for the first
time since entering the room. “Well,
you’re wrong. I won’t die until I see
you on your way out of town. My town.
Clark’s town. I won’t rest until
you’re gone and the air is fit to
(Sandra Brown, 1993: 288)
The above quotation shows Jody’s hatred to Lara. It has
become her principle that she does not want to stay in the
same town as Lara. Moreover, Lara stays in the town where
Jody is the most influence person, Jody says that she will
never die until she is able to get Lara out of her town,
Her worry is on climax when Randal comes from
Montesangre and stays in Eden Pass. She is afraid if Randall
tells the truth about her Clark to the public. So she comes
to Randall and shoots him to make him silent forever. See
the following quotation:
“Oh, God, Key! I did not shot him. I
couldn’t. I didn’t!”
“No, I did.”
The husky confession came from behind
the wedge of space between the
partially open door and the paneled
the wall. Key reached past Lara and
closed the door in order to see who
was hiding behind it.
(Sandra Brown, 1993: 487-488)
It shows that Jody really wants to cover the scandal.
She does not want the Eden Pass citizens know that her son,
Clark is a gay. After killing Randal, the trouble makes in
her family. She dies in peaace in Key’s embrace.
4.2 Jody’s Hatred to Key.
Jody is a kind of mother who does not make a fair
decision children. To her children, she always makes a
differentiation in giving her love. Especially between
Clark and Key. She always makes comparation between Clark
and Key. In fact, it makes Key a bit dissapoint.
The relationship between Jody and her son is not good.
Since Key’s born, she never gives him her love as a mother.
Her husband causes her hatred to Key. Her husband makes a
fatal mistake, when Clark born he gives Jody six dozens of
yellow rose and when Key is born he does not give her
anything. It makes Jody hates because she thinks that her
husband does not love her, and as the effect of her hatred
to her husband, she hates Key. See the following quotation:
“Your father is captivating”. Her
face is calming. “When Clark was
born, he had gave me six dozens of
yellow rose. I angry with him
because of his waste, but he said
that there is not in every day a
man gets a son”
“How when Key was born?”
Jodi’s eyes, which are red because
of tear changes in into
lightening. “I have got nothing.”
(Sandra Brown 1993: 214)
The quotation above clearly shows that the cause of
Jody’s hatred to her husband who does not give her presents
when Key is born. Even at the time, Tackett junior, Jody’s
husband does not at home when Key is born. He is going out
side with a woman. That is the cause of the problem.
In this case, Jody makes a fatal mistake to her husband.
Her hatred to her husband also happens to her son, Key. Of
course it is a big mistake of a mother. Even though her
hatred to her husband ends up with a divorce, as a good
mother, she still has to love her son.
The relationship between Jodi’s and Key is no fixing for
thirty-six years or since Key was born. Their relationship
is the same as west and east. See the following quotation:
Jody and her son look each other.
Between them there is a deep gap,
which for thirty-six years is
never ended. Key is doubted
whether the gap between him and
her mother can be ended.
(Sandra Brown, 1993: 51)
The quotation above shows that Jody’s relationship with
her son, Key is not harmony. It is because Jody never
appreciates each Key’s presents to her. She always compares
Key with her gold son, Clark. Of course between two people
there are some differences.
Key feels doubt on the relation between him and his
mother will change. If it changes it means that the power
of angel has came to change her mother’s heart and mind.
Her hatred to Key is making her treating him unlovely.
Whenever she meets Key there is always debate among them.
It even happens on the dining room. Moreover, Key always
closes to Lara to find out a secret of Lara’s daughter,
Ashley. Key guesses that Lara’s daughter is his brother’s
daughter because he thinks Lara has made a love affair with
his brother. He doesn’t know the true of the story about
his brother’s scandal. He does not know that his brother
has the affair with Lara’s husband. So that, Jody is angry
to her son, Key. She doesn’t want to accept a member of her
family makes a relation with Lara. See the following
“I’ve not going to hospital. I’ve
going Dr. Patton’s clinic. There
is I was served by a beautiful
doctor. She was who treated me.”
“Of course,” Jodi’s words were the
expression of her angry.
“What the hell kind of the word?”
“The doctor. Do you know her name
is? She is used Lara Mallory. Her
name after married is Lara
(Sandra brown, 1993: 55)
The quotation above explains clearly that Jodi really
won’t let her family have a relation with Lara Porter.
However, Key ignores her order. Thus she says to Key that
he does not appreciate her brother by having a relation
with Lara, the woman who makes Clark’ carrier in political
At the end of Jody’s life, she dies in Key’s embrace.
Key realizes that even her mother shows hatred to him
however, in her deepest heart she still loves him. As the
wife word that says the wild of tiger never eats her child.
4.3 Lara’s Hatred to Her Husband.
Lara is Randal’s wife, the ambassador of America in
Montesange. Lara hates her husband because of two reasons,
firstly Randal is the person who makes love affair with
Clark, but to protect his carrier he sacrifices his wife
and says that Lara is the woman who makes the scandal with
Clark. And secondly Randal sacrifices their daughter,
Ashley for his ambition in carrer.
As narrated in the novel by the author that Randal and
Clark have a scandal. Lara catches red-hand them; however,
to protect his carrier, Randal composes a story that
actually Clark has the scandal with Lara. Examine the
“Tell me, Jody,” Key asks her mother.
“try, please. Tell me. I must to
“Randal Porter is….”
“Yes, Jody. What?”
“”No, Key. Don’t. Don’t, please.”
“Shut up, Lara. Randal Porter what,
“He is Clark’s love.”
(Sandra brown, 1993: 489)
The quotation above explains that Randal is a selfish
to protect his carrier, he sacrifices his wife, Lara. It
makes Lara suffers and she hates him.
Actually, their marriage cannot stand and Lara asks
him to divorce her. However to keep his performance, Randal
does not allow her moreover Lara is pregnant of her first
daughter. So Lara just follows him because she doesn’t want
if her child will face problems in her growing up. After
the scandal known by America society,the government of
America sends them to Montesange in order to calm down the
In this country, Randal has a plan; he wants to come
back to America as a hero of the country which is involved
in conflict. Then he makes a plan to pretend that he has
found the revolution. He joins the rebel to make him be
The capture is done on his way to attend a party. At
the party he brings his wife and his daughter. The rebels
stop his car on traffic jam. The rebels do their action.
Unfortunately, his daughter dies in his play and his wife
is shooting and the rebels bring them . See the following
“When arrived at my new duty, as son
as possible, I make a plan. I make it
in order I can come back to
Washington as a hero. Emilio is a
clever youth, and owned his ambition
in his self. It is fulfill after the
death of Perez.
She is playing with Ashley at the
back of the car. Their car arrives
near of a crossroad. When the car
slow down, a group of people who have
gun come their car. Their driver is
shooting and his body falls down on
the driver chair.
She is crying. Randal look at back,
looks at her. “Good by, Lara.” He
looks unfrightened, however, he
“So you have known! You and Emilio
composed the attacked! You kill our
(Sandra Brown, 1993: 556)
The quotation above shows Lara’s hatred to her husband.
She has known that the cause of their daughter’s death is
her husband. Because of her husband ambition, their
daughter, Ashley who does not know anything dies. Her father
sacrifices her to get his ambition.
Lara’s hatred to Randal cannot be resisted. She wants
Randal is death because Randal, as the head of family should
protect his family but on the contrary, he sacrifies his
daugther to get his ambition.
A good mother will protect her children fromany person
who want to hurt them. Lara also does it; even the person
who kills her daughter is her husband. So that she wants to
kill Randal as seen in the following quotation:
“Your betrayed killed our daughter’s
life.” Lara’s sound calm and on her
hand is a magnum gun 357. “Fuck you!
You kill my daughter. Now I will kill
(Sandra Brown, 1993: 648)
The quotation above shows that Lara won’t forgive her
husband as he is the cause of her child’s death. Her mind
does not work normally, but there is emotion that masteres
her soul. His hatred to Randal almost comes into climax as
she is ready to kill her husband. Fortunately when she is
ready to shoot she hears an explotion close to her place.
Then her attention goes to the explosion. She goes there to
help any victims. It mean Randal is saved.