Jean Auel's Cave Bear

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Jean Auel is an amazing American author who is an inspiration to us today. Jean Auel is the slightly overweight mother of five who wrote the Earth’s Children series. She raised her family and had a career. When she first began writing the Earth Children series, she sat down at her kitchen table with a typewriter in front of her and two books beside her, and simply began typing, as all writers do. However, soon she realized she had no idea of the world she was writing. She had always been interested in these earliest people, but she wondered what did Neanderthals eat? What did they do for fun? How do they survive? How long did they live? What was their culture like? “It started as a short story…” (Auel, about) and then it grew and grew and…show more content…
Ayla changes the clan, her new family, around her in her first years, and they change her too. Normally, Clan people would never interact with the “others”(believed to be Cro Magnons). But after an earthquake kills Ayla’s parents and ruined the Clan’s home (a cave), their paths cross in a rather roundabout way that serves as the starting point for this novel. Creb is a crippled shamanistic figure in the clan, and because of his disabilities, he has never had experience dealing with children. He called his sister Iza over to look at Ayla’s eyes, because Ayla is crying. Creb had not seen this in a child (Auel, p. 48). Ayla crawled into Creb’s lap, and she cries because she thinks Creb doesn’t love her. Iza explains what she must do to become a better clan woman for him. The Clan of the Cave Bear talks about how everyone changes, both Ayla and the Clan. “Ayla, a gangly, blonde, sky-eyed child stuck with the wrong race, is the avatar for all this tumult. Auel immediately makes us aware of the lowly position of women in the Clan: Iza has to kneel before Brun, the leader-as all women do when approaching a man-to plead her case about keeping the girl. While thinking it over, he ruminates, "But medicine woman or not, she's just a woman. What difference will it make if she's upset?"(Skurnik). The book shows how everyone
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