Analysis Of Sepotions In The Novel Between Shades Of Gray

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Clothing worn in daily life tells a story of emotions. During an extensive amount of time of labor and sadness, clothing can be seen as another emotion. In the novel Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, the author uses the clothing worn by the characters to show their emotions. Lina, a 15 year old girl is imprisoned by the Joseph Stalin and the NKVD officers with her family. Along the way, she meets new people who become big parts in her life. Throughout the book, readers begin to pick up on the reference of the clothes they are wearing and the meaning they hold. Sepetys uses clothing as another way to show emotions throughout the novel. It is through the description that readers imagine the feelings engrained in the clothing. Lina and her family are in the midst of chaos. She is flustered, trying to focus on keeping her family with her. After being shoved into trucks and pushed around at the train station Lina forgets the clothes she is in, “‘You’re in your nightgown. Are you going to sleep?’ … My nightgown. I was still in my nightgown. Jonas was still in my baby blue coat. I had completely forgotten” (Sepetys 32). Lina is overwhelmed, she has been taken from her home, thrown in a truck and called illegal. Her emotions are not blatenly said but the embarrasment and confusion can be seen due to her clothes or lack of. She is in a crowded area surrounded with people unknown to her. Usually the feelings would have been said, but the author uses Lina’s nightgown as a

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