Descriptive Language In Fever 1793

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Laurie Halse Anderson’s historical fiction novel, Fever 1793, appears in the city of Philadelphia. Matilda Cook, a young girl, lived in a coffeehouse with her widowed mother and grandfather. Soon disease breaks out and clears the streets of Philadelphia. Using descriptive language and inner thoughts Laurie Halse creates a message that when there are hardships in life you change.
In the book , Fever 1793 , by Laurie Halse, the theme of the story appeared to be that when there are hardships in life you change. Before yellow fever took on the lives of the citizens of Philadelphia Mattie, the main character, was naive and reliant on her family but later changed into a more independent being. For instance, when Mattie’s friend Polly died Mother did not want her to go to the funeral. Matilda’s response to this was “She was my friend! You must allow me. Why must you be so horrid?”(16). Rumors of fever were spreaded throughout the city and Mattie was ignorant and was oblivious on getting the fever. Later on in the story she gets yellow fever and it slowly alters her personality. This illustrates that in the beginning Mattie only cared for herself. While some might argue with her caring
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An example would be when Mattie and grandfather came back to the coffeehouse. “The front room was jumbled. Tables and chairs lay helter-skelter... Broken pottery covered the floor.” (122) (123) Even though Grandfather was ill and the coffeehouse was in a horrible state Mattie still took charge. This shows she has grown more independent and thoughtful. Laurie Halse not only shows the theme with descriptive language but also with inner thoughts. When Mattie found Nell she thought, “ Now what? I couldn’t care for Nell; I could barely care for myself… I had to find someone to care for her.” (163) Knowing that Mattie knew she had to assist Nell even though she could barely care for herself demonstrates her caring nature and
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