The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

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    In the novel The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, Katherine Howe’s use of the frame story dynamic is vital in delivering the overall substance of the novel in terms of theme, plot development, and character development. Even though Connie’s journey in the frame story is fully developed on its own, readers would be unable to see the connections being made to the past, which is mainly the goal of this novel, without the placement of the interior stories. For the definition of frame story is “a story that contains another story...” that “…explains why the interior story or stories are being told” (Murfin and Ray 190). The interior story explains to the readers the reinterpretation of the Salem Witch Trials in which Connie is piecing together in the frame story. In essence, Connie’s story is an extension of the interior story, for Connie’s present is influenced by the fact that the story she is unlocking, and is present in the interludes, is the story of her own ancestors.…

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