In The Lake Of The Woods Essay

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In many works of literature, authors include both physical and emotional journeys of their characters, as well as how they reflect each other. The literal and mental movements play a central role in In the Lake of the Woods. Characters John and Kathy experience various changes throughout the novel, principally as a couple. Tim O’Brien’s use of characterization and the character’s actions portray the couple’s move to the cabin as the ultimate symbol for escaping the struggles in their relationship.
Many events in the cabin showcased the multiple conflicts and secrets held within John and Kathy’s relationship. In the opening of the novel, the reader is informed of John hiding from Kathy that ...view middle of the document...

” John’s whispering relates to the typical manner of telling a secret and his murderous actions support the lack of intimacy between John and Kathy, as well demonstrating John’s callousness towards his wife.
Corresponding to John’s crudity, O’Brien includes many scenes and characterizations to showcase John’s dominant role in their relationship. The author revealed Kathy as desperately wanting to have a child and when she becomes pregnant, John pushes her to get an abortion. Instead of confronting her husband about her objections, Kathy followed her husband’s orders. The incident illuminates his dominance, as well as demonstrates how the couple does not face their issues of trust and togetherness. Pertaining to John’s dominance, the author exemplifies John as pushing Kathy to her affair with a dentist due to his aggressive behaviors and the deficiency of having a bond with his wife. O’Brien characterizes the relationship as the two settling for each other instead of falling madly in love. The author’s characterizations interpret the couple as liking...

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