Essay about Girl with a Pearl Earring - Final Draft
The novel Girl with a Pearl Earring should definitely be included on the Novel Ideas book club reading list. Elyshia Hickey reveals why this fascinating, historical and romantic story will appeal to an adolescent audience, as it explores the theme of sensual awakening. Set in 17th century Delft, Chevalier’s novel explores the deep but forbidden love between a young maid and her master. The author’s clever combination of an intriguing story, remarkable characters and descriptive language allowed her to explore the themes of forbidden love, predators and sexual desires.
For hundreds of years people have wondered who is the girl in the portrait Girl with a Pearl Earring, painted by a Dutch artist …show more content…
The author has skillfully constructed the characters to assist young readers to connect with them. The main character, Griet, is a quiet, lonely, innocent and vulnerable young lady. When Van Ruijven cornered Griet in the hallway and grabbed her chin, she did not feel at all comfortable: “I did not like the way he looked at me”. Griet had some artistic talent and vision and wanted this to be recognized by her master, but was too shy to say anything. She was looking for love and security, which she found in Vermeer. Vermeer’s remarkable character draws young readers in as he was portrayed as a very