Lovely Deep And Dark Character Analysis

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In Lovely, Deep and Dark by Amy Mcnamara, the main character, known as Wren, is very distraught and broken after the death of her ex-boyfriend. Growing up in New York City with her mother and away from her artist father was very rough on her, but even so, she decided to move in with her dad when she wasn’t able to take her wearisome mother any longer. She moves into a small town in Maine where the snow is heavy and thick around her. In How to Read Literature Like a Pro by Thomas C. Foster, “It’s More Than Just Rain or Snow” discusses how the weather means more than what is given at face value. In this instance, Mcnamara uses the snow throughout the book to symbolize how Wren feels. She often is isolated and suffocated by her surroundings, similar …show more content…
Suddenly her thoughts are just too much and she makes the lamentable decision to run outside in the snow past midnight when she is unable to sleep and when her father isn’t home. Her feelings had gotten to her so much that she didn’t notice the cold until she suddenly couldn’t feel some of her limbs anymore. To make matters worse, when she realized how bad it was, she saw the guy she was with at the time with his ex. At this point she says, “And then I’m not cold anymore. The opposite. I’m lit from within,” (Mcnamara 246). Her own feelings trick her into thinking she’s not cold anymore. In that way, the snow and cold is bewitching. It looks beautiful along the treetops but it really could mean death. That is similar to how Wren feels in the way that she is at her worst but she is pretending she is okay, until she’s not. Luckily she is found before she gets a bad case of hypothermia and actually …show more content…
Wren is reading part of a poem when she says, “Last year is dead, he says looking at the lush-topped trees released from winter’s death. Time to begin afresh,” (Mcnamara 342). This truly shows how content she was becoming. For the first time in a year she finally felt grounded instead of out of control. She was beginning to not let her affliction define her as a human and she started focusing on the people around her that loved her, again. At this point, spring was coming, the snow was melting, and once again the nature outside reflected how she was feeling. The horrible weight on her chest was beginning to lift or melt off and her perpetual sadness was no longer perpetual

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