Childhood In Virginia Woolf's Fever 1793

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“Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others.” ― Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf is a very accomplished author and journalist. Just like the fictional character Matilda Cook, in the novel Fever 1793 By Laurie Halsh Anderson she lost a parent at a very young age. They both were young women looking for adventure and finding it in the most unexpected places. In the summer of 1793 a horrible epidemic hit home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This epidemic was killing hundreds of people daily. Matilda Cook is a 13 year old girl trying to find herself within the midst of a fever outbreak, a strict mother, and trying to figure out the balance between childhood and womanhood. I believe the theme of this of this book is losing your childhood illusions and finding maturity. I know this because throughout the book you can tell that Matilda is growing up. I know this because the quotes from the beginning of the book are more extravagant illusions while at the
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That quote is my theme of Yellow Fever 1793 By: Laurie Halsh Anderson. In other words, the theme is “Growing up and finding yourself.” The quotes in the last few paragraphs have helped me prove this theme. The quotes have shown us Matilda’s change in character, her dreams/illusions, her thoughts, and the hardship of Yellow Fever. In the beginning, Mattie was a normal teenager who dreaded chores and bickered with her mother. Later on in the book she dealt with acting as a nurse to her grandfather, a mother to Nell, and trying to be the best daughter and person she could. She has really shown that she lost her childhood illusions and is trying to acquire herself. Yellow Fever 1793 By: Laurie Halsh Anderson is a great book to read about maturity, losing childhood illusions, and being a good family member. The book also gives a look to the horrors of the Yellow Fever epidemic and how it affected families and
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