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Eleanor and Park
Transcript of Eleanor and Park
By Caterina Mowbrey
The protagonist of Eleanor and Park is Eleanor. In this novel, Eleanor is trying to get through high school, but constantly has distractions thrown at her such as being the new kid, and constantly made fun of for her clothes and hair. Physical attributes of Eleanor may include:
Bottom heavy, curvy.
Wears oversized men's clothing.
Untamed curly red hair.
In this novel, Eleanor Douglas is the new kid in a closed-circuit neighborhood. She's new to school, and she definitely stands out. She's different and weird and awkward, and she's constantly trying to avoid the mean girls, while attempting to spend as much time with Park as her lies allow her.
Park is the second protagonist. He's trying to juggle being Eleanor's boyfriend while still trying to cope with the names he gets called for going with Eleanor. Between the both of them, Eleanor and Park have many obstacles to overcome.
Black, messy hair
Slim but strong
Green, almond- shaped eyes
Wears all black clothing
Did you know Rainbow Rowell spent 7 or 8 years writing her first novel?
Park's life is insanely normal. He has great parents, a nice, subtle home, and he gets good marks. But when Eleanor comes into the picture, Park realizes she's the one thing that he's been missing all this time. She makes his life go from normal to exciting and everything in between. The two of them become some sort of fairytale, hanging out at Park's house nearly everyday,
The antagonist in Eleanor and Park is Richie Douglas, Eleanor's dad. Not only is he the town drunk, but also abusive both verbally and physically. Eleanor, her mom, and all five of her brothers and sisters suffer from domestic violence. However, out of stupidity, Eleanor's mother refuses to leave him.
Richie antagonizes Eleanor because on top of having no respect or appreciation for Eleanor and her siblings, he also doesn't believe in Eleanor having a boyfriend. When Eleanor and Park begin dating, Eleanor is careful down to the finest detail to ensure that Richie doesn't find out. However, problems soon arise, and Richie stops at nothing to ensure Eleanor and Park never see each other again.
Person vs. Person
The theme I chose for Eleanor and Park is "Youth Doesn't Make Love Less Real". I chose this theme for the reasons that
Richie believed Eleanor was too young to have a boyfriend, which was one of the reasons he detested against Park so fiercely.
If youth made love less real, Eleanor and Park wouldn't have had such a traumatic experience when they met their end.
What Eleanor and Park had was just as real as a couple that had been married for twenty years. Age has nothing to do with love, or any emotional instincts for that matter. When you feel something you feel it, there's no way to
yourself to feel something, nor is there a way to make your feelings stop.
I connected the song Paris by Magic Man to the book Eleanor and Park because in the lyrics “It’s just a fantasy, taking over like a disease, pull me out of this I can’t breathe, it’s burning through my chest,” it truly captures the way Park felt when he had to say goodbye to Eleanor, knowing in his heart they would never see each other again. Afterward, Park finally realized how empty he felt without Eleanor, and how
I can relate to this book in the way that Eleanor is different. She has her own unique vibe and couldn't care less what others thought of her. Although I may not stand out as much as Eleanor does, I still like to believe that I have my own beat, too. If something sparks my interest, I'm not afraid to admit to it. I don't mind liking things or doing things others don't necessarily approve of. Anyone who seems a little different doesn't have any less self-worth than the next person, they just have an idea of who they want to be and they roll with it.
I connected this book to our modern-day world through the current issue of domestic violence. In Canada, 50% of women and children will experience domestic violence by the age of 16. Eleanor, her mother, and her brothers and sisters are part of that 50%. As shown in Eleanor and Park, domestic violence is real, even in first-world countries, and it can jeopardize the safety of you and all those around you if you don't speak up.
I connected this book to the play "Romeo and Juliet"
because both pieces of literature are regarding young people who desperately long to be together, but family stands in the way of their romance. In Romeo and Juliet, it's the ongoing feud between the Capulet's and the Montague's. In Eleanor and Park, it's Eleanor's father who barricades Eleanor's relationship with Park.
Rainbow Rowell is a successful female author who currently lives in Nebraska. Rainbow's targeted audience is teenagers and young adults, which is evident in a few of her books such as "Fangirl" and "Attachments and Landlines".
Rowell is also a die- hard Disney Fan and enjoys often trips to Disney Land and Disney World.
he’ll never be able to forget the day they parted no more than how he’ll never be able to forget how much he loved her. This part of the story is quite evident in the second set of lyrics, “I need a rest from Paris, you know I held on too much, I left you at the station, I put you in my past,”
Most of the book takes place on the school bus, where Eleanor and Park first meet. After Eleanor and Park become less of strangers and more of friends, we see more of the two of them outside the walls of the bus, in places such as in the front of the school and inside of it. As Eleanor and Park transform into a couple, the author describes the time they share in Park's "sketchy" neighborhood and at Park's house, more specifically in his room. Other settings are:
Eleanor's house (Only shown when in Eleanor's POV)
Park's grandparents house
going from being each others' most trustworthy friends to a cliché couple who couldn't care less about the awkwardness of public displays of affection. However, as incredible as they are at the start, they later end up with an ending so excruciatingly painful, it would've been easier if they had never met.
"Youth Doesn't Make Love Less Real"
I rate this book 4/5 stars because it captures how high school romances truly are behind the scenes of the hot jock and the cute cheerleader. Although it may be cliché at some points, I believe it's a realistic novel about love and loss, and I strongly recommend it.