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Jacob Have I Loved

 

In Katherine Paterson's " Jacob Have I Loved", there is a
strong feeling of jealousy between the main character,
Louise and her younger twin sister, Caroline. From the day
of their birth, Louise has been envious of all the
attention her sister has gotten. She feels left out,
neglected, and taken for granted by her parents,
grandmother and everyone else on small Rass Island in the
Chesapeake Bay. Caroline deprived her of all her dreams and
the love of those she cared for. Because of these feelings,
Louise slowly sees her jealousy turn into hate and knows
that she can't live with her twin any longer.
 
As soon as they were born, Caroline stole the show. Louise
was born first, a nice, healthy baby. She was cleaned and
set aside because a problem arose with the second child.
Caroline had some difficulty being born and demanded
everyone's care and attention. From then on, whenever
Caroline was ill, they all were extremely cautious because
they valued her life. Caroline's interests and needs were
always put before those of Louise being that she was almost
lost to them.
 
Louise had always dreamed of going to a boarding school and
continuing her education inland. She saved up some of her
hard earned money secretly for this purpose. When the
chance came along for one of the twins to go, Caroline was
chosen as a matter of course so she could continue her
singing lessons without anyone asking if Louise would like
to go. Louise's one friend was "stolen" from her by her
sister. During their childhood, Caroline never had anything
to do with him but as they grew older, she captured the
heart of the only man Louise thought she would have ever
married. 

Alone in a world where she felt she didn't belong, Louise
finally leaves her island to find a place where she feels
at home. Away from the water she was born to live on, she
meets the man she loves. Without her twin, Louise feels
like her own person, not like Caroline's sister. By
leaving, she learns that she is loved and more treasured by
her parents than Caroline.
 
" Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.... ". For
years Caroline was loved by everyone except her sister who
should have loved her the most. Because she was held so
dear by all, every pleasure, wish, and luxury was granted
to her. Louise just sat in the shadows while Caroline
bathed in the light that was partially Louise's as well..

 




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