Analysis Of Growing Up Ivy By Peggy Dymond Leavey

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Growing up Ivy is a novel written by Peggy Dymond Leavey and is just as the title states. The novel is written from a third-person point of view, limited to Ivy Chalmers, the protagonist of the story. Part one of the novel has been primarily about the life of Ivy. Ivy Chalmers is a bright twelve-year old girl who is going through a tough point of her life, she is sent by Frannie, her mother, to stay with her caring grandmother, in Larkin, Ontario, while Frannie leaves Toronto, to go to seek an actress’s life in New York City, but later she learns that her mother may have abandoned her. Furthermore, the novel takes place in the time of the depression-era, at multiple places, mainly Larkin, and Toronto, both situated in Ontario. The antagonist …show more content…
When relating To Kill a Mockingbird to the novel I am currently reading, I was able to see the depression era in both, the point of view of a financially well-off person, and that of a financially struggling person. I was able to reflect that money determines how your life will be lived, either in a struggle, or at ease. The author of my novel has brought this concept in an unfair perspective, this is because the author only shows the perspective of a young girl who is socially in a bad situation, and she does not show the point of view that of a richer or better-off person. I had mentioned earlier, that although Ivy has been through multiple tough times, she still sees life as half-full, instead of half-empty. This is something I have learnt from Ivy, I personally am always looking for ways to make more, than what I already have, Ivy helps me see that what you have is sometimes, all you need. Some people believe that without money life can’t be lived, although life may be tough, Ivy shows that life can be lived, and at that is can be lived happily, if you take the correct approach. This most definitely critiques society due to the fact that society believes that if you are underprivileged, you cannot live life, and here the author shows that belief is wrong. One of the main questions that arouse when reading this was why does money determine a person’s …show more content…
One of the main connections I have been able to make was between the novel I am reading and the novel To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee. The main connection is that both novels take place during the depression-era, and this in turn shows how bad the economy is and reflects on the people’s social ideals, and standards of living. Money is the main factor in how a person gets to live, in To Kill a Mockingbird; the family is well-off, and not in any sort of financial struggle. However in this novel it is the complete opposite and Ivy’s life has been nothing but a struggle. A person’s social standards also change depending on how financially well off they are. In the novel I am reading Ivy cherishes food, for it is scarce and hard for her and her family to buy. However, in To Kill a Mockingbird, food is not even considered to be an issue, for Scout’s family, in comparison to others, is extremely well-off. This relates back to a person’s standard of living, for Ivy’s standard is far lower than that of a character in the Finch family for they are at different financial ranks. However, there are people out there that see the world in a different way; Ivy Chalmers for example, sees all of life’s problems, as a new adventure. Although she has been through multiple tough times, she still sees life as half-full, instead of half-empty. This leads me to my reflections on

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