Laurie Halse Anderson's historical fiction book, Fever 1793, takes place in Philadelphia in the year 1793. The Epidemic Yellow Fever is spread all over the city and people are dying left and right. Mattie has to survive the epidemic with her mother sick and he Grandfather dead. Mattie never gives up though she perseveres through it all. Since Mattie never gives up, and good things happen to her after the bad times end.
After the fever goes away Mattie decides to open the shop back up with who used to be the cook - a free black woman, Eliza. This shows that Mattie is “striving for greatness”. The author shows this by using description. While some might argue that she is not striving for greatness, and is responsible.
The author Laurie Halse Anderson shows Mattie helping her mother get better that is helping someone. Anderson shows us this when Mattie never gives up on Mather. When mother was sick Mattie wanted to stay with her and help mother but mother didn't want to risk Mattie getting the yellow fever to so Mattie's mother wanted to send her out of town and Mattie was sad that she could help her. At the end of the story when Mattie's mother
In 1793 a fever infected Philadelphia that killed 10% of its population. The book Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson is a historical fiction from a young girl named Matilda’s perspective. The book is about her experience dealing with the Yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia. She learned many lessons and one of them was that fear can control you. Some of the reasons fear can control you is how it can make you leave what you know, it can make you turn on people, and it can make you vulnerable.
Mattie becomes resilient and thrives on her own after Grandfather has been killed. She also winds up taking care for not just herself, but for other children she has found that are in need of someone’s care due to the fact that they are impoverished. In the book, Mattie finds grown potatoes claiming that “Supper was a royal feast of boiled potatoes seasoned with a scrawny turnip and a few beans. But there was enough to ease the ache in our stomachs.”
After a few weeks of searching, Jackson decided that his mother was dead, that she was never going to come back. Eliza helped create a funeral for Jackson, but a heavy storm interupted the production and they never got back to it. “I am truly sorry Jackson.” Eliza cooed from where she stood at the window to look out at the raging storm. Looking down at the newspaper article, Eliza stepped back from the window to look to Jackson.
Living in the Frome’s home she had to learn and adapt to a lifestyle she wasn’t custom to. Being that she was impoverished it caused her to behave sometimes inappropriately because she wasn’t used to anything. First, Mattie came to live in Starkfield because she was left with nothing after the death of her parents. Zeena her cousin was the only family member who was willing to take her in.(Shmoop) Mattie’s duty was to take care of Zeena and tend to the
Your mother is stranded,your town has become a ghost town and pestilence is roaming . In 1793 the state of Philadelphia battled against a deadly enemy,deadly yellow fever . It took the lives of 5,000 citizens . Matilda’s story may have been fiction however for many people this was very real . In the novel “Fever 1793” by Laurie halse Anderson, Matilda finds herself struggling with the fever.
At the time, Mattie was working full time and traveling mostly by foot for several hours to attempt to make ends meet as she didn’t have any connections within the city of Tennessee. Beyond exhausted, when this injury occurred, her first reaction was flight instead of attempting to mend the hole in the wall to prevent any more rats to appear. This is a form of symbolism due to it allowing the reader to realize that a mother’s love is blinding but also to realize that the drive needed to be better - in the sense of to work harder, to only demand the best - comes from mysterious motivating factors. An example of the newfound grit Mattie gained is, “She walked the entire day, and her hand became blistered from the handle of the suitcase” (Naylor 29). This incident can also symbolize that injuries are bound to happen and that one can only do so much to protect those one
Right off. ‘ she panted, ‘so’t we’ll never come up any more” (p.90). His decision to leave with Mattie was probably one of the worst choices he could have made. Not only did he mess up his life, and his relationship with Zeena. He also ruined Mattie’s life by going down that hill and running into the elm causing her to be
This indicates that after losing both her father and her stepmother, Mattie had only a small amount of money from selling her piano, and limited skills to earn her the pay she required to be independent. Thus, she was forced to stay with the only relatives that would take her in, Ethan and Zeena. These following characteristics of Mattie could be described as dictorical because as seen again, her oppressive economic troubles obligated her to live within the oppressive town and
In addition, Siddalee learns why her mother turned crazy while she was a child and left them for 6 months. Her mother was addicted to pills and put in a rehab facility. This makes Siddalee more understanding of her mother’s actions causing her to start remembering all of the good times with her mother unlike before when the viewers only saw flashback of the back times between the two of
We couldn’t have gone on like we was today we was going backwards instead of forwards- talking ‘bout killing babies and wishing each other was dead… When it gets like that in life- you just got to do something different, push on out and do something bigger…” Mama is the one who keeps the family together by doing something different when times are tough. Mama influences the plot in a positive way and tells everyone how it is to make them understand why she does what she does and what’s going on in their family. Lena Younger in one of the most positively influential characters in the book.
The motif of death in The Catcher in the Rye The most prominent theme in The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger is death and the loss of innocence. Death is the vehicle that drives the story, offering an explanation to Holden’s views and punctuating his feelings towards the world. This essay will explore the various instances where the motif of death occurs and possible explanations of these instances. For the purpose of this essay, “motif” is defined as “something (such as an important idea or subject) that is repeated” (Merriam Webster Dictionary).
Death is a recurring theme in this book. Not only is death explained as being sad, but what is kind of weird is how death can be seen as sort of a happy thing. Dying, in general, is sad. But the whole ordeal of it can bring people together, or fix relationships that have been broken. In the case of Tuesdays With Morrie, by Mitch Albom, Morrie and Mitch were separated due to the fact that Mitch cared more about his job than the most important things in life; love, work, community, family, aging, forgiveness, and the main theme, death.