Heart Of The Matter Analysis

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She would of never thought that what was the most dreadful thing to happen to her life would lead to one of the best things in her life. She also did not know some things are too good to be true. In the novel Heart of The Matter by Emily Giffin a young couple’s marriage is tested by what seems to be a developing affair. Valerie Anderson meets the person whom she would soon fall in love with after an unfortunate event. After meeting her son Charlie’s doctor Nick, Valerie and Nick soon develop feelings for eachother, not knowing how far it will go. In Heart of The Matter, the author Emily Giffin expresses Valerie, Charlie, and Nick’s feelings and emotions that lead to bad decisions, which could affect their lives in the long run. Valerie Anderson’s…show more content…
An example of this is on page 29 when Valerie thinks “She knows they are in for a long, uphill struggle when they get there, but she also feels relief that Charlie’s condition is no longer life or death emergency, a feeling that is bolstered by the sight of Dr. Russo waiting for them in a new room.” In the beginning of the novel charlie got moved to a new hospital after being burned on the face and hand while roasting marshmallows at a birthday party. If Charlie would not of gotten hurt, Valerie would not of met Nick at the hospital. Also, on page 156 the author says ¨Later that afternoon, while Charlie naps, Valerie begins to have second thoughts about accepting Nick´s spur-of-the-moment Halloween promise and feels the sudden need to let him off the hook.¨ Valerie is feeling bad about how Nick said he would go to the Halloween party with Charlie instead of spending Halloween with his kids, If Charlie did not ask Nick to go to the Halloween party with him there would be no reason for Nick and Valerie to see each other when it has nothing to do with Charlie´s hospital stay. The affair between Valerie and Nick would have never happened if Charlie never got into the accident, but other people make mistakes…show more content…
The first example of this is “Nick hesitates, pushing the sleeve of his jacket up to check the time on his watch - the bulky digital kind with lots of buttons on the side. ‘Twist my arm’ Nick says, peering into the dimly lit dining area. ‘And look. My tables free’”(132). In this quote Nick is deciding if he should eat dinner with Valerie, which he ends up doing even though his wife and kids are waiting for him at home. Nick took his patient’s mother out to dinner which is not something a doctor would normally do. This shows Nick is treating Valerie different. Another example of this is “Charlie’s smile widens as Nick closes Charlie’s, then leans into whisper in Valerie’s ear, ‘And I love your face’”(232). Nick shows up to Charlie’s school after Charlie was released from the hospital and telling Valerie he thinks she is beautiful. If Charlie had already been released from the hospital, there is no reason Nick and Valerie should be in contact outside of the hospital unless it was an accident. If Nick would of treated Valerie like any other patient’s Mother, the affair between Nick and Valerie would not of
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