[2014] jack simpson: Water for Elephants

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[2014] jack simpson: Water for Elephants

Water for ElephantsSara Gruen

ProtagonistJacob Jacowski is the protagonist and the narrator of this novel.The book is told from his point of view, as the young Jacob in the circus, as well as the Jacob in the nursing home at a very old age.Conflict The main confict in the novel is person vs. person between Jacob and August constantly arguing over everything, Allthough they have their good moments, August still seems to get on Jacobs bad side. SettingThe story is set in the 1930's, where Jacob Jankowskis is on The Benzini Brothers' Circus, traveling from city to city. It is also set in in a nursing home where Jacob is lead from room to room doing the same old thing everyday.

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The main theme of this novel is courage and standing up for your beliefs. This can have a very positive effect on society. People can learn to do this by not letting anyone get in their way and to just do what you think is right.

Plot Summary

Water for Elephants is a story which has two plots going on, both starring the main character Jacob Jankowski. Jacob is a young man who is stuck on a circus train, and chooses to join the circus and become their veterinarian. He chose to join the circus because of a beautiful lady he laid eyes on that is a circus performer there. In the other plot he is an old man stuck in a nursing home with one nurse Rosemary, that is the only person that likes him.

Early on, Camel sticks up for Jacob by finding him a place on the train ,"Just shut it. I don't want to hear it. You're a good kid, and I ain't about to stand by and watch you mope off 'cuz that fat old grouch don't got time. I just ain't. So have a little respect for your elders and don't give me no trouble" (gruen45)Jacob stands up for Marlena because Marlena has not really stood up for herself before from August. I speak first. "Has he ever hit you before?""No.""If he does it again, I swear to God I'll kill him.""If he does it again, you won't have to," she says quietly. (18.203-206) Jacob takes an even stronger approach against August's domestic violence towards Marlena."I'm not going to sit here and listen to you tell me that it's okay for August to hit her because she's his wife. Or that it's not his fault because he's insane. If he's insane, that's all the more reason she should stay away." (20.81)

Are We All We AreThis song shows a very similar message to that shown in the book as well., which is, to not let anyone get in your way, and to stand up for what you think is right. To share what is on your mind and to show everyone that you can do it, and no one is going to stand in your way.


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