Room, by Emma Donoghue

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We have all heard the African proverb that says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The response given by Emma Donoghue’s novel Room, simply states, “If you’ve got a village. But if you don’t, then maybe it just takes two people” (Donoghue 234). For Jack, Room is where he was born and has been raised for the past five years; it is his home and his world. Jack’s “Ma” on the other hand knows that Room is not a home, in fact, it is a prison. Since Ma’s kidnapping, seven years prior, she has survived in the shed of her capturer’s backyard. This novel contains literary elements that are not only crucial to the story but give significance as well. The Point-of-view brings a powerful perspective for the audience, while the setting and atmosphere not only affect the characters but evokes emotion and gives the reader a mental picture of their lives, and the impacting theme along-side with conflict, both internal and external, are shown throughout the novel. The author chooses to write the novel through the eyes of the main character and narrator, Jack. Jack’s perception of the world is confined to an eleven foot square room. His world consists only of the objects in his room and his Ma. Because of his limited amount of knowledge of the outside world the narrator uses personification which allows the reader to see his life through his eyes. “Good night, Lamp and Balloon.” I wait for Ma but she’s not saying any more of them. “Good night Jeep, and Good night, Remote. Good night, Rug, and Good night, Blanket, and Good night, the Bugs, and don’t bite.” (Donoghue 61) In this passage, Jack is doing his nightly routine of saying goodnight to different objects in Room that are important to him. He is taught, through the choice of his Ma,... ... middle of paper ... ...omething happened” (Donoghue 321). Room was not just a place for Jack; it was his life for the first five years. It was a place where something happened, something that will change the rest of his and Ma’s life. Emma Donoghue does a fantastic job of giving the audience the point-of-view through the perspective of a child who survived life in a shed and is now experiencing life for the first time. The setting and atmosphere bring true emotion to the reader that allows people to possibly get a glimpse of what that kind of life might be like. Survival is a consistent theme that is shown throughout the novel. The conflicts each character face brings inspiration to the reader and make you that maybe what we are going through right now might not be so bad. Works Cited Donoghue, Emma. ROOM. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., 2010. Print.

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