Analysis Of The Beet Queen By Louise Erdrich

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In the novel The Beet Queen, Louise Erdrich about two children traveling through an unknown town to their family’s house, in hope for a better life. Erdrich writes these children as parallels to their surroundings. Each character reflects different parts of the setting, and they are impacted differently throughout the plot. These events help shape their personalities and exaggerate certain characteristics, such as Karl’s wistfulness and Mary’s concentration and simpleness. When the children first enter the town, they are greeted with the cinders that scrape their knees and palms as they jump out of the boxcar. The reader imagines the town immediately warning them to go back, as they are hurt by their first contact to the town. The story also rarely mentions the presence of other people until the woman who unleashes her dog onto Karl. This depicts a mood of loneliness, as if the townsfolk are segregating themselves from the contrasting aura of the boy. Consequently, the children feel isolated and confused.…show more content…
Mary is described as short and ordinary, and Erdrich writes, “Her name was square and practical as the rest of her”. The uninteresting description of her makes her seem like a part of the town, which is written as grey, old, and uneventful. While Karl stops to look at the graceful bright beauty of the tree, the text says “Mary trudged solidly forward, hardly glancing at it,” showing her obvious disinterest in the contrast of the tree from the dull, grey town. When the dog attacked Karl, Mary ran towards her aunt’s house instead of back to the train. She stayed in the town and fit in
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