“Shane” by Jack Schaefer

analytical Essay
500 words
500 words

In the novel “Shane”, by Jack Schaefer, Marian, the wife of Joe and the mother of Bob is initially played out to be a very simple character. She cooks and cleans and cares for her family. She starts to develop a more complex character as Shane arrives. You can tell from the beginning that Marian wants to impress her guest with her cooking and her curiosity of the latest fashions. But as the novel progresses you begin to see that Marian may want more from Shane than originally shown.

In the beginning of the story, Marian just thinks of Shane as a guest, she cooks and cleans for him and makes sure he is at home. However, from the start she was drawn to him. He was as she said “ dangerous”, and she liked that. Marian liked that Shane was different and unfamiliar, and was impressed by his ...

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how marian, the wife of joe and the mother of bob, develops a complex character as shane arrives. she wants to impress her guest with her cooking and curiosity of the latest fashions.
  • Analyzes how marian was drawn to shane in the beginning of the book. she liked that he was different and unfamiliar and was impressed by his mysterious image.
  • Analyzes how marian has feelings for shane on page 65 when bob overhears her talking with him. marian is still obviously in love with her husband joe.
  • Explains that marian never has to choose between joe and shane and the relationship between them is never physical as it is with joe.
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