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Ellen Foster

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Laura Viner

on 10 May 2013

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By Kaye Gibbons Ellen Foster Ellen Foster takes place in the post- Civil rights south, yet the racist values that Ellen struggles with throughout the novel reflect her up bringing in a south still divided by color. Cultural Context Kaye Gibbons had a poor and troubled childhood; this is how she began to create her novels. The events in the the novel Ellen Foster, were actually based on the authors real life.
Kaye is an award winner and CBS television network adapted Ellen Foster into a Hallmark Hall of fame movie. Author’s Background Throughout the book, Ellen Foster,the main character, Ellen Foster, experiences an interpersonal growth within herself. As the book goes along, Ellen grows and progresses as a person. At the beginning of the novel, Ellen experiences hardships making her a weak and vulnerable person. As the story line progresses, Ellen decides to face the hardships that have been dealt to her and over come them making her a better person. “Since my first day here all I felt was luck coming my way” (Gibbons 121). Theme The main character of this novel is Ellen Foster, a ten year old who has a hard and troubled life growing up. Ellen’s mother committed suicide when she was ten, and her father passed away three short years later. Ellen had a very hard and depressing life growing up. Ellen had to move from relatives to foster parents. Through out the novel, Ellen had to face many difficult challenges and this made her grow up to a more mature person. Character Analysis “Ellen Foster easily takes her place as one of the great child characters of American literature.” - The Seattle Post- Intelligencer
“Ellen Foster, like another American classic, Huckleberry Finn, is for all its high comedy ultimately serious fable of personal and collective responsibility.” – Oprah.com Other Views One of the connections I made was when Ellen was talking about her mothers things and her grandmother sent her “help” to get it. When I read this, I thought about the movie The Help. In both the movie and the Novel, they both have “help” to do a lot for them
The other connection was when Ellen’s grandmother passed away and she wanted everyone to know that she took care of her. I made this connection because whenever I work with other people I want the teacher to know what I did so no one else can get the credit for my work. Connections Gibbons, Kaye. Ellen Foster: A Novel. Chapel
Hill, NC: Algonquin of Chapel Hill, 1987. Print Work Cited Http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006
/01/26_newsroom_kayegibbons/. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 May 2013. COTTON PICKING TIME. Digital image.
Http://www.lib.unc.edu/ncc/vacationland/vv5.html. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 May 2013. Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons. Digital image.
Barnsandnoble.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 May 2013.
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