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The Night Circus

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Transcript of The Night Circus

The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern

Connection to
The Things They Carried
Discussing the work
Making A Case
Works Cited
1. "Q&A with The Night Circus." Chatelaine. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 June 2014.
2. Morgenstern, Erin.
The Night Circus: A Novel.
New York: Doubleday, 2011. Print.
3. O'Brien, Tim.
The Things They Carried: A Work of Fiction
. New York: Broadway, 1998. Print.

Creation of the Book
"I went through so many drafts that
it was like constantly putting together a puzzle, and half of the time I had to recut the jigsaw pieces in order to get them to fit together properly. For the longest time I had almost all the pieces but not the structure. It was more non-linear and kind of a mess and after a lot of pushing things around I settled on the five-part structure and time-line organization."
-Erin Morgenstern
Plot Summary
two people trained to use magic in uniquely different ways who struggle through difficult childhoods
takes readers through magical descriptions that make you feel as if you are standing in the scene of the story.
As Celia and Marco grow up they develop their magical skills
are commited to a myterious battle by their mentors.
no knowledge of how a winner is chosen
opponents don't know eachother
rich descriptions of the circus
forbidden romance
exciting plot twists!

Why is it considered a "best of" book?
Unusual storytelling that accentuates
an extremely creative writing style
Makes the reader feel as if they are in the story themselves
The plot is suspenseful, creative, and demands that the reader make connections and draw conclusions that are not explicitly stated
Why not?
Some sections may seem too lengthy or descriptive
Doesn’t leave the reader with a sense of a larger problem in the world or a bigger main message that is unique to the story

The Night Circus
presents an unusual voice in American literature, reflecting on the importance of awareness and appreciation of our surroundings. The public's disbelief at the circus says that we are unaware of the magic that surrounds us on a daily basis and we see only what we want to see. The book critiques our tendency to interpret things only in the realm of our experiences and beliefs.

"'How can the people watching not see the difference?' the boy asks. To him it is clear, though he cannot properly articulate why... 'People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see'" (33).
Include highly descriptive passages
Important bonds are established between characters
Both novels take readers into a vivid universe completely different from our own
The characters in the novels feel separated from "the real world"
Make readers question the their personal truths in terms of universal truths
In conclusion,
The Night Circus
was a vivid and imaginative novel that provided an enjoyable reading experience because of its' rich descriptions and immersive plot that keeps the reader wanting more.
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