Jane Yolen's Briar Rose

College
Book Report/Review
Miscellaneous
Pages 4 (1004 words)
Download 0
It is typical of every parent to concern themselves with what they consider 'appropriate reading' for their ward. This idea usually stems from the belief that young minds are impressionable and what they read as children tend to affect them as adults. Many books, popular among young adults, have faced the brunt of censorship on pretext of containing objectionable material…

Introduction


Briar Rose is in fact a beautiful blend of romance and history, which suits the taste of every young reader. It is the tale of a young woman's quest to uncover the mystery of her deceased grandmother's horrific Holocaust past. Though Yolen does not gloss over the reality of the Holocaust, she makes it quite readable by using the fairytale of 'Sleeping Beauty' as a metaphor for the sordid past. By making use of fantastical elements, Yolen unravels the imagination of her young readers. Gemma's use of traditional fairytale lines like - "once upon a time" and "they lived happily ever after" soothes the young reader. The memory loss of Gemma is a clever narrative ploy by the author to spare her readers the grizzly details of the past. By deploying conventional elements of a fantasy, Yolen manages to mitigate the savagery of World War II. The barbed wire used by the Nazis is represented by the thicket of thorns, the extermination camp becomes the castle, the pathetic woman who escapes being gassed is turned into a princess and the homosexual partisan who resuscitates the dying woman becomes the prince. It somehow drives home the point that fantasy must inform reality. ...
Download paper
Not exactly what you need?

Related papers

Jane Austen: Life And Writings
For the novel is successful only if it exposes human nature under the light of artistic wisdom, to enable us to know people more than is possible in a simple chronicle of day-to-day human affairs.…
G. I. Jane Movie
Director, Producer and Writers of this film are Ridley Scott and Roger Birnbaum; and Danielle Alexandra and David Twohy (writers) respectively. Main actors are Demi Moore (as Jordan O'Neil), Viggo Mortensen (Master Chief James Urgayle) and Anne Bancroft (Sen. Lillian DeHaven). Film officially released on 22 August 1997. Cinematography goes to Hugh Johnson while Editor is Pietro Scalia. It is…
Jane Eyre
Told from the first person perspective, Bront foreshadows both the enduring mood of Jane's childhood and emotional state, which is both 'dreadful' and 'saddening' (7). Readers are also introduced to the primary underlying themes of the novel, particularly dealing with class distinctions and gender biases that necessarily disadvantage women of Jane's status during the Victorian age. Thus, it is not…
Jane Eyre Essay
The novel "Jane Eyre" written by Charlotte Bronte greatly influences the reader and gives another vision of society and world in the whole.Jane Eyre tries to preserve her self-respect, independence and self-sufficiency at every stage of her life, both in struggling with social pressure and in resisting the temptation of passion. This statement was innovation in the literally world of the 19th…
Jane Yolen's Briar Rose
Briar Rose is in fact a beautiful blend of romance and history, which suits the taste of every young reader. It is the tale of a young woman's quest to uncover the mystery of her deceased grandmother's horrific Holocaust past. Though Yolen does not gloss over the reality of the Holocaust, she makes it quite readable by using the fairytale of 'Sleeping Beauty' as a metaphor for the sordid past. By…
A Rose For Emily
In While the theme of the past versus the present assumes numerous forms in this story, as in the clash between the two or the way in which the one intermingles and intersects with the other, this essay will focus on Faulkner's modes of symbolizing the past and the theme of the past's subsuming of the present.…
Jane Eyre College Essay
Rochester. After this, her life ends up becoming even more complicated when she runs away from a terrifying secret in Rochester's house and she is then faced with yet another option of her life. One of the most characteristic parts of this literary work altogether is that you will notice that throughout Jane Eyre, as Jane herself moves from one actual physical location to another, the settings in…