The novel opens with the imagery and symbolism that is essential effectively telling the story. A grown Louise imagines the ferry ride to Rass Island she will soon take to pick up her newly widowed mother. The only way on and off the island, the ferry represents more than transportation, it is a lifeline between ...
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...n detail. With the stories progression, the reader discovers that the main characters are symbolic of those in the original Bible story and are able to identify Louise as Esau and Caroline as Jacob. Paterson’s audience makes these vital connection, clues are being given that the Captain is an earthly representation of God in the story. Meanwhile, the birthright that divides Esau and Jacob is represented in the scholarship opportunity that Louise loses to her younger twin, Caroline. With Paterson’s use of imagery, symbolism, and symbolic characters, “Jacob Have I Loved” is powerfully told and creates a tale that lingers with the reader.
Paterson, Katherine. Jacob Have I Loved. New York: Scholastic, 1990. Print.
Youthwalk Devotional Bible, New International Version. Ed. Dr. Bruce H. Wilkinson et al.
Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1997. Print.
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