The Journey Of Beauty In Karma, By Jade Antoine

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In the short story “Karma,” by Jade Antoine, there is a king and queen ruling in the kingdom of Welbia. The king was repeatedly abusing the queen and the queen had to go to extreme lengths to try and stop the abuse. Queen Victoria reached out to a fairy and asked her to grant her powers so she could stop King Blake’s malevolent behavior. When she was given magic, the fairy told her if she used the magic for evil, the consequences would fall upon her unborn child. The queen went back to the castle and contemplated how she should use her powers. One day the king tried to hit the queen and she used her powers to dismember him and remove his mouth. Shortly after, the queen was captured, stripped of her magic and sentenced to life in the dungeon. …show more content…
In the story, there is another character, Landen, who presents himself as a homeless man, but actually was a king who was punished for mistreating his citizens. He tells Ariana about the origin of her tattoos and how she can remove them using her powers for kindness. The two go on a journey of self-discovery by causing happiness around New York city. As Ariana helps someone, a tattoo vanishes from her skin, revealing her outer beauty as well as her inner beauty. At the end of the story, Ariana and Landen return to their birth realm. Ariana discovers the truth about her parents and the evil they both did which resulted in her being sent away. She heals her father and frees her mother, then the rose fairy comes and tells her that she has successfully completed her journey. The rose fairy also returns Landen to his original form and he becomes a handsome prince like he once was. After the encounter with the rose fairy, Landen and Ariana leave Welbia and return to New York. Landen and Ariana end up finding their inner beauty and returned to their new home so they can continue to spread …show more content…
In the story, the main character was completely covered in tattoos. Each tattoo was either a name or picture of someone who needed help. The tattoos symbolized karma, or the saying “what goes around comes around.” Which is why, whenever Ariana did a selfless act, the other person would be rewarded with happiness and Ariana would also benefit from their happiness. The mirror that the queen had symbolized her mistakes. She was so driven by hate that she put her daughter’s life at risk. So as a punishment, she was forced to watch her daughter suffer with tattoos in the other realm. The point of view shifts from Landen to Ariana throughout the story. The setting alternates between the kingdom of Welbia and New York

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