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Novel Analysis Appear to Love Your Family 21 September ‘05
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A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley depicts a tragic story of two corrupt paterfamilias and their apparently loving families which operate through lies and concealment. In the story, characters attempt to manipulate one another through secrets that are revealed as the story progresses. Jane Smiley is trying to get across the simple moral fact that a loving family is not always as is it appears. Jane Smiley utilizes blank verse, colloquial style writing, dialogue, and dramatic irony in her novel A Thousand Acres . Jane Smiley’s Pulitzer Prize winning book A Thousand Acres is a dramatic novel centered mainly on dialogue between characters and a first person view. Through dialogue and a first person view Jane Smiley brings to light the themes of family, love, and appearances. Smiley blends the three together to show how a loving family is not always as it appears. Towards the middle of the novel Ginny Cook is quoted “Most issues on a farm return to the issues of keeping up appearances.” (199). The significance of Ginny’s quote clearly states the importance of appearances and the social issues that arouse due to a poorly kept farm. Mr. Cartier tells Ginny and Rose “you’ve got to farm like model
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