Bisheit Summer Reading Guiding Questions

11 although the true plot of the novel is the plot

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understandable as well as progressive, all while adding an undertone of humor. 11. Although the true plot of the novel is the plot regarding Marlena and Jacob’s romance, with the cement wall of August in between, the plot is frequently interrupted by side stories, involving Jacob and other members of the crew and the circus which add substance, humor, and interest to the story itself. 12. “Water for Elephants”, the title of the novel, serves in no direct way to describe the novel and its plot, but is instead a vague reference to a single job on board a traveling circus. If I had the opportunity to title the novel, however, I’d choose something like “Acrobats and Alcohol”, and take two recurring things in the novel and join them in a title.
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13. Sara Gruen delivers a strong message through her novel, which is bolstered further by the first person point of view that she delivered it through, Her message pertains to life, the trials one may face, and dealing with obstacles that may stand between one and one’s dream, goal, or love. Some prominent messages delivered include the one that stresses the importance of being spontaneous and the benefits that can be evident from taking a risk. Another involves doing what’s right, regardless of the negative impact you may suffer. And lastly, the one significant message of the novel involves the lengths one must go to and the risks one must take to achieve a goal, and how one (Jacob) cannot let anything stand between him and the one person he loves. 14.
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