Friday, 8 June 2012


Your name: Jessie Quarter #: 3 pg. 282-423
Novel Name: Identical
Author's Last Name: Hopkins
1.Skeletal plot (point form only- keep it short but insightful)
a) Kaeleigh is letting Ian more into her heart and her life. While her sister starts to notice how happy her sister is with Ian and starts to want that for herself but doesn't believe she can have that .
b) Kaeleigh and Raeanne's mother find out about their father and Hanna and blackmails Hanna to stay away from him so that she can win the election without any scandals to have to try and cover up. Their mother wins the election.
c) Raeanne starts messing around with Lawler's head by flirting with him and leading him on.
d) Kaeleigh starts cutting as a form of release and continues purging along with Raeanne unknowingly.
e) Kaeleigh tries to commit suicide by overdosing on pills and Wild Turkey. Father finds her just as she starts to slip past the point of no return and runs to get Hanna (who's a nurse). Hanna tells him to take Kaeleigh to a hospital after Kaeleigh starts to make a comeback but he refuses saying that Kaeleigh is fine.
f) Raeanne admires Kaeleighs courage to actually try to off herself.
g) Kaeleigh starts talking to herself and having arguments with herself. It's concerning.
[] Conflict or “tension” eg person vs person, or (internal) person vs self; Is this important to the novel's theme or purpose? Please explain.
Person vs Person – Kaeleigh vs her dad, Dad vs Mother, Mother vs Hanna. Person vs Self – Kaeleigh vs herself, Raeanne vs herself. Leading up to the demise of both sisters.

  1. SETTING (When and where does various parts of your novel take place- how are these places important to the character or the theme of your work?):
Mostly it's still taking place at school where they struggle to get through the day, and at home where both of them seek solace in either Oxy pills taken from their fathers cabinet or hard alcohol. They're important because if Kaeleigh had tried to off herself anywhere but home she probably would have succeeded but her dad came home and found her.

  1. CHARACTERS (Know your character types and why this is important to your novel! Eg Are they round/flat- why? Static/dynamic- why? How many characters do you meet in this quarter or do you find more about their personalities?)
Kaeleigh: Seems to be going a bit insane, talking to herself, cutting, binging, trying to commit suicide and still not having told anyone about her father and her. However she is trying harder to let Ian in but is still afraid he'll run away if he were to know about her and her father. (Dynamic, round)
Mother: Learning just how cold hearted and frigid she really is, by blackmailing Hanna to stay away from her husband. (Flat)
Father: Almost always drunk, is very 'protective' of Kaeleigh. Likes to know where she is at all times. Still raping her (Flat character)
Hanna: Cares about Kaeleigh and just wants to help her. No longer wants anything to do with their dad because of the threat that their mother made to her. Knows that Kaeleigh needs help – professional help, but won't tell anyone except for Kaeleigh and her dad. (Round)
Madison: N/A
Mick: N/A
Ian: Is the sweetest boy that ever there was and is trying his damned hardest to teach Kaeleigh how to love - him and anyone else for that matter, still doesn't know just how tainted Kaeleigh really is. (Flat)
Greta: Learn her story about her and Lars and how her father nearly killed Lars because he found the two of them together and then Lars proposed and said they could elope but Greta said no so he ran away to the war and they didn't see each other for 60 years after that.
Grandmother: N/A
Grandfather: N/A
Brittany: N/A
Ian's Brother: N/A


[]Why do you think the writer chose this POV to develop plot character or themes?
So that there's a big twist in the end and you don't ever really know what's happened or going to happen.


    []Are there similes or metaphors? Record a quote for this quarter.
My pulse picks up
speed and I lift me eyes to his,
have to look away or I might
go blind at the blaze
Pg 378 (Kaeleigh)
[]Visual or other imagery? Record a quote:
Home Bitter Home
Mom's home, oh yeah, oh
boy. Waiting for her to light
into Daddy is like standing beside
a river
knowing you're going to fall
in, no matter what you do.
The only real question is when.
I didn't used to mind their
at each other, When I was little,
I thought it was better than
a deep freeze of silence.
Rage meant they were still
still feeling something. Now,
pg 378

[]Is there unusual vocabulary or diction? Record a quote:
........I pass a church, starting
to fill with early risers, almost
think about going inside.
Like what for, Kaeleigh?
You'll burn.
No one wants you.
Huh? What?
Oh yeah, break down.
Daddy would kill me.
If Mom didn't kill you first.
And if I don't stop talking
to myself, I'll only prove
that I really am crazy.
Schizophrenic, maybe.
Yeah, Kaeleigh, shut the hell up.”

[]Is the novel structured with a particular idea? Record a quote or explain:
I'm not okay at all, but I never
will be. The thought pierces
me. How can he ever love me?”
Pg 311 (Kaeleigh)

[]Is there dialogue & is it realistic? Record a quote:
I Decide to Act Ignorant
And, you know, for the most part I am. I have no clue what he's
talking about. “Uh . . . I'm sorry,
but I'm not sure what you mean.”
Your mother called yesterday,
and left a rather lengthy message . . .
New to me. “Sorry, Daddy.
I didn't check the machine.”
Really. And here I thought you'd
made it your mission . . . .
What the hell does that mean?
Maybe he knows more than
he's saying too. I apologize again.
Sorry. I usually do, but I was
all excited about writing my term
paper.” No need to mention why.

Pg 322 (Raeanne)
  1. THEMES: Record words and topics related to themes contained and developed in your novel:
      *Kaeleigh: strength, she needs strength to let people into her
      life but hasn't got it.
      *Raeanne: control, she doesn't know how to control her life or
      that she's even losing control.
      *Father: also needs control, to keep himself away from
      Kaeleigh and to let her live her life.
      *Mother: afraid, she's afraid of dealing with what she knows,
      she knows about what's happening and that she's losing her
      family but won't deal with it.

Personal Response to this quarter: what you thought or felt, related to, did not relate to; how universal is the experience that your protagonist goes though?
This quarter in particular makes me feel really bad for Kaeleigh and begin to question Raeanne and her motives for the things that she does. Raeanne does a lot of things that you wouldn't really expect a teenager to do, at least not a teenager who's entire family is basically up for the world to view through a glass window (or so the world likes to think). But even though they have a lot of problems going on behind the seemingly glass wall she shouldn't be acting out the way that she is, it's not only affecting her life but Kaeleigh's life as well and that's not really fair at all.

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