`` The Book Thief By Markus Zusak, Or Purity By Jonathan Franzen

1824 Words Dec 9th, 2016 8 Pages
Popular novels written throughout different time periods illustrate the prevalence of tension creating an emotional connection in admired pieces of literature. In the novel Push, Sapphire writes from the point of view of Precious, a young teenage girl dealing with physical and verbal abuse from both her parents, as she tries to better life for herself and children. Sapphire’s poetic yet informal diction draws the reader deep into Precious’ inner thoughts and feelings as she deals with the struggle of feeling “like my blood a giant river swell up inside me and I 'm drowning. My head all dark inside. Feel like giant river I never cross in front me now.” The reader is drawn into Precious’ mind and experience the tension as she feels it thus deepening the bond and transferring the emotions from the page to the reader to the real world. The same trend can be seen in novels written both before and after Push such as 1984 by George Orwell, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, or Purity by Jonathan Franzen. Each novel differs in terms of plot and literary devices, but all are similar in that they create tension to produce an emotional connection that sticks with the reader even when the book ends, forever changing their thoughts and feelings. The trend is not unique to just the print age, stories told in the digital age also take audiences through an emotional journey that change their perspective. In an article on a media entertainment website, Manimanjari Sengupta, synthesizes a list…

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