Salvage The Bones Analysis

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The most important parallel between the Greek myth of Jason and Medea and Jesmyn Ward’s novel, Salvage the Bones, is the parallel connection and comparison between Medea, Esch, and China relating to their pregnancies. The comparison between these three characters is integral to the novel because it allows us to analyze Esch in a new light, as she transforms from an abused and objectified girl into a potentially powerful woman who has more control in her life. As Skeetah argues that China’s pregnancy had only made her stronger, “He glances at [Esch], too” (96). Skeetah’s glance towards Esch as he describes the power China has gained from giving birth illustrates a connection between Esch and China, and in turn Medea, as all three characters

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