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Time always runs and changes the generations, this is one of the greatest truths of life and no one can disagree upon it. As generations come and go, they each possess individual values, attitudes, and goals that strike them apart from other generations. A difference has always been noted between the current generation and the others before it. Acting as a barrier, it keeps the contrasting era distinct. An accumulation of components play a role in the creation of this barrier. In the novel, The Heart Does Not Bend, by Makeda Silvera; the Caribbean Canadian novelist and short story writer demonstrated family, loyalty, betrayal, and the redemptive power of love set in Canada and Jamaica. These gaps can be viewed in multiple forms accompanying to ones’ spoken language, style of clothing and fashion, their own views and thoughts, power and ethics etc. The prime bonds behind the generation division are mainly the lack of time for communication and understanding each other inside family members. The preeminent reason why generation stages conflict in opinion and decisions is greatly dependent on: one’s traditional minds vs. progressive path (love), authoritative figure vs. open-communication (parenting)  and an individual’s’ perspective on morals and beliefs (faith). To begin with, we are faced with varied, conflicting opinions whilst in conversation with someone older or younger to us. Having dissimilar opinions and ideas do not suggest that one of them is right and the other wrong. It does, however, suggest that age difference creates a drift in thinking which in turn creates a change in actions in one generation which may or may not be acceptable to other generations. The perspective dealing with love plays a vital role in the decision making and how one regards it. For example, in the text, Galloway states, ” Me like him, but too much obstacles. Me black, him white. I know you cannot always look at things in colour, but some things just are…” (Silvera. 107) this piece of text expresses that Molly’s grandmother does not believe in interracial; interracial marriage is the term used to describe marriages that take place between people who are from different racial or ethnic groups. Many people, like Galloway think that the idea of multiracial marriages is disastrous as it can be quite difficult for people from different cultures with different preferences to live together. Whereas, others like Molly believe that all we are equal and have the same rights for loving anybody we want to. This shows the contrasting ideas on love from generation to generation, and this is greatly affected by the place they were raised and the how the surroundings really contrived one’s mind an asset. To add on, “… a Satan work. Look at yourself, a nice attractive girl, you can get any man out there, even a husband, and you go take up with a woman. It not right…” (Silvera. 185) Galloway is strictly against the decision for same-sex marriage, which she believes goes against nature. Galloway has lived in Jamaica where a lot of narrow minded people share a single concept and have only one dimensional perspective which is very different from what Molly believes and how she interprets her traditions and the ones around her, she only believes in love and that when an individual is in love: sex, age, race does not matter. Furthermore, in this very specific text, Galloway introduces her experiences in love through a very vivid manner, in which she explores that Galloway is very independent and progressive women, while she