Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Week 1, Post A

Pages 1 - 45.
statuesque; pg. 44: like or suggesting a statue, as in massive or majestic dignity, grace, or beauty.
demurely; pg. 45:
characterized by shyness and modesty; reserved.

It is an ironic occurrence that after Jacob Jankowski ran away from college, a train carrying an entire circus travels by, which is what he is to take part in for the rest of this section of the book. There was no previous relation to Jacob and the "The Greatest Show on Earth" until this moment according to the readers knowledge.

Blackie is a symbol of Jacob's problems in his life that he has recently come across. Jacob knows what he wants, but there is something standing in the way. For example, he could have passed his test and received a veterinary degree, but his parents died a little before the exams and he is unable to focus on anything. Now, Jacob is trying to hitch a ride on a train, but a large man named Blackie is physically standing in the way of his objective.

A metaphor given in this book is a minor character named Camel compares Uncle Al, or the ringmaster, to extraordinary beings. An example, "Lord and Master of the Known and Unknown Universes."

"It's gonna be a few hours before we land. Just don't lie too close to the door, that's all. Sometimes we take them corners awful sharp."

The significance of this quote tells the reader that Jacob Jankowski's smooth life has come to an end. He's going to be completely on his own soon, with no one to take him by the hand.

The theme is still unclear, but my prediction is that it is going to be something about how it's a dog-eat-dog world, and also about being thankful for what you have and not crying about what you don't.

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