Essay on The Novel Room By Emma Donoghue

Essay on The Novel Room By Emma Donoghue

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Children develop normally by stimulation and from the experiences around them. Usually when a child is shut out from the world they will become developmentally delayed, but that is not the case with Jack. In the novel Room by Emma Donoghue, Jacks mother, Ma, has been kidnapped and held prisoner in a shed for seven years and five year old Jack was born there. This room is the only world he knows. But, despite being locked in a room for the first five years of his life, according to the four main points of development, Jack has developed normally intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally.
Jack 's mother, Ma, helps him develop his intellectual skills in "Room". They often played made up educational games one of which is " 'Parrot, that’s good for vocabulary '... 'Parrot, ' shouts Ma and she mutes them with the button. 'Most poignant aspect, I think for all our viewers that’s what’s most deeply moving about what you endured— '"(Donoghue 40). "Parrot" is a game where Ma mutes the TV and Jack has to read the closed captioning. This helps strengthen Jacks reading abilities. It also helps strengthen his vocabulary, he is reading words such as "poignant" and "endured" which are words most five year olds would not know. Also, outside of "Room" Jack is able to demonstrate his intellectual skills. Ma 's lawyer, Morris, tells her about some of the vulgar things he found in her "fan" mail and, instead of saying the word in front of Jack he spells it,
" 'F-E-C-E-S, and that’s just for starters. ' 'Why somebody sent us poo? ' I ask Ma. Morris is staring. 'He’s a good speller, ' she tells him (Donoghue 246). Jack instantly realizes what Morris spells out. This shocks him because he was not expecting Jack to know how to spell; mo...


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...e first five years of his life Jack has developed normally in the four main categories of development. Jack is not developmentally delayed in any area, his intellectual skills are ahead of most kids his age, his physical development improves each day as he learns about new stuff outside of room,he does not lack social skills like many people would think, and lastly his emotional development is where it should be for his age. These four main categories combined gave Jack the ability to help escape room. He uses his emotional skills to get ready and confident for the escape plan, he uses his intellectual skills to know when to jump out of the truck, he uses his physical skills to jump out of the truck, and he uses his social skills to communicate to strangers that he was in trouble. If Jack was delayed developmentally then Ma and him would still be confined in room.

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