Themes In Out Of The Dust By Karen Hesse

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One theme of Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse is that trials and tribulations strengthen us. The title of the novel relates to this theme for many reasons. Throughout the novel, Billie Jo becomes stronger through hardships. One example of this claim was Billie Jo’s struggle with the piano. In Hired Work it states, “Now I can’t hardly stay in the same room with one.” After Ma’s death, Billie Jo couldn’t be around a piano, because she was so emotionally sensitive in that hard time. Billie Jo thought she would never play piano again, but that thought didn’t last long. Finding the Way states, “And I stretch my fingers over the keys, and I play.” Billie Jo became stronger through the adversity. The piano was one of many mountains Billie Jo had to
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