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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

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Emma Youngblood

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Jacob experiences internal conflict through out the novel when deciding if he wants to only visit Cairnholm and travel back to Florida to carry on with his "ordinary" life, or if he wants to leave his life behind to stay with Ms. Peregrine and his new extraordinary friends including Emma: a girl he's fallen in love with. " 'You should stay.' 'Stay,' I repeated. 'Here. With us.' .... I considered the idea. The sun, the feasts, the friends, and the sameness, the perfect identical days. You can sick of anything if you have too much of it...But Emma. There was Emma. Maybe it wasn't so strange, what we could have." (pg 244) This conflict is resolved when Ms. Peregrine is kidnapped by a wight--the antagonist--and Jacob decides to stay and help the children get Ms. Peregrine back.
An example of external conflict unfolds at the end of the story when Jacob faces a hollowgahst (a supernatural being), or the antagonist. "I was halfway to the end and feeling cautiously optimistic about my chances of survival when suddenly I could crawl no more. One of the tongues had caught my ankle. The hollow had used two of its tongues to grapple onto the capstones around the tunnel's mouth as leverage against the mud, and it covered the entrance with its body like a lid on a jar. The third tongue was reeling me toward it; I was a fish on a hook. . . I squeezed my eyes shut, because I didn't want its gaping jaws to be the last thing I'd ever see, and gripped the shears in front of me with both hands. . . the next thing I felt was a bone jarring collision as I slammed into the hollow. All the breath rushed out of me and I heard it scream. . .
I killed it
, I thought.
I really killed it
Foreshadowing takes place in chapter four when Jacob wakes up to a peregrine falcon on his dresser. "A large bird was perched on my dresser, staring me down. . .I called out for my dad, and at the sound of my voice the bird launched itself off the dresser. . .'God, that's weird,' he said, turning it over in his hands. 'Peregrines almost never come this close to humans.' I thought maybe I'd heard him wrong. 'Did you say peregrines?' He held up the feather. 'A peregrine falcon,' he said. 'They're amazing creatures--fastest birds on earth. They're like shape-shifters" (pg 103) This event is foreshadowing the introduction to the character of Miss Peregrine, which the reader sees in the next chapter.
Another example of foreshadowing that takes place is in chapter one, when Jacob goes to visit his grandfather with his friend Ricky. When they arrive, Ricky notices a slash in the screen door. "Right away he noticed something I hadn't: a long mean-looking slice in the screen door." (pg 34) This foreshadows the brutal death of Jacobs grandfather.
Comparative Response
I believe that Catching Fire was more suspenseful because along with the suspense created from the possibility of Katniss or her loved ones dying, there's also the suspense of a possible rebellion against their government. The setting is also more suspenseful because while Cairnholm holds many secrets, the arena where Catching Fire mainly takes place holds a different lethal threat every hour.
The setting of the novel shifts between present time and the "time loop" of September 3, 1940. This creates a lot of suspense for the reader because time loops are extremely complicated and many things could go terribly wrong. For example, Ms. Peregrine--who controls the loop--could forget to "reset" it causing time to continue onto the next day. On September 4, 1940 Cairnholm is bombed by Nazi aircraft and Ms. Peregrines orphanage is destroyed. Ms. Peregrine and her children never experience this however, because at the end of September third, they travel back in time to the beginning of the day. If Ms. Peregrine were to forget to reset the loop, she and all the children would have to experience the horrors of the next day. Also, if Ms. Peregrine or any of the children were to leave the loop and travel to present day for a long period of time, they would rapidly age to make-up for all the years they've spent in the loop. These are just two of the numerous ways the setting of a time loop creates endless suspense for the reader.
The majority of the novel takes place on the tiny fictional island of Cairnholm, Wales. Cairnholm is a sparsely populated island that consists of one small town, one working telephone, a lot of sheep and, most
importantly, Ms. Peregrines home for peculiar children. The main
character and protagonist, Jacob, travels back and forth from present
day to the "time loop" of September 3, 1940. "In the distance I saw a
little harbor bobbing with colorful fishing boats, and beyond it a town
set into a green bowl of land. A patchwork of sheep-speckled fields
spread across hills that rose away to meet a high ridge, where a wall
of clouds stood like a cotton parapet. It was dramatic and beautiful,
unlike any place I'd seen." (pg 71) " 'A loop,' I repeated...'Yes. Though
you may better know it as the third of September, 1940.' I leaned
toward her over the little desk. 'What do you mean? It's only the
one day? It repeats?' 'Over and over, though our experience of it is continuous. Otherwise we would have no memory of the last, oh,
seventy years that we've resided here.' " (pg 155)
The author, Ransom Riggs, did an exceptional job of using figurative language to help the reader visualize the setting. Not only does he illustrate Cairnholm when Jacob first arrives there, he effectively describes the weather, people and entirety of the island through out the novel.
By Ransom Riggs
Author Vignette
Ransom Riggs grew up in Englewood, Florida. From a young age, he loved writing, photography and movie making. He attended Kenyon College in Ohio where he got a degree in writing, and then fulfilled his dream of attending film school at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Shortly after graduating, he wrote his first novel: Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children. He has written a sequal, Hollow City, and is currently writing the third book which is scheduled to be in stores late 2015.
Emma Youngblood- per. 3
Difference 1
One difference between Catching Fire and Miss Peregrine's Home are their settings. Though the
year is never actually stated in the movie, the technological advancements reveal that it takes place at well over a hundred years in the future. As stated previously, Miss Peregrine's Home fluctuates between past and present dates in time.
Similarity 1
Both main characters, Katniss (Catching Fire) and Jacob (Miss Peregrine's Home), experience life changing events that create conflict. In the novel's prologue, Jacob states "I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen. The first of these came as a terrible shock and, like anything that changes you forever, split my life into halves: Before and After." (pg1) The event that changed Jacob and created conflict in the story was the gruesome death of his grandfather. Katnisses life changing event was participating in the Hunger Games, where 24 teens fight to the death. Both events left the protagonists emotionally scarred and created conflict in the plot.
Similarity 2
Both Jacob and Katniss are extremely loyal to
their loved ones. Jacob is fulfilling the promise he made to his dying grandfather: that he would travel to the island of his grandfather's childhood. By constantly showing diligence in trying to win, Katniss is keeping the promise she made to her younger sister: that she would win and return home safely.
Difference 2
Trust is one of the larger themes in Catching Fire
and Miss Peregrine's Home, but it is addressed quite
differently through out the two stories. In Miss Peregrine's home, Jacob is constantly having to trust that what people like his grandfather and Miss Peregrine are saying is true, although it sounds fantastical. In Catching Fire, Katniss can't trust anyone because they could turn against her any minute.
Situational irony occurs in the novel when Jacob travels
to Cairnholm with his father to learn more about the stories
his grandfather told him as a child so he can put his mind at
rest. In learning more about his grandfather, however, Jacob
finds himself in the twisted world of time loops, peculiar
children, and horrific monsters who are after him. "But if it
meant that I'd finally be able to put my grandfather's mystery
to rest and get on with my unextraordinary life, anything I
had to endure would be worth it." (pg 68)
Dramatic irony occurs in the prologue, when Jacob tells
the reader that something extraordinary happened in his life. "I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen. The first of these came as a terrible shock and, like anything rthat changes you forever, split my life into halves: Before and After. Like many of the extraordinary things to come, it involved my grandfather, Abraham Portman." (pg 1) The way the author writes the prologue makes it seem as if Jacob is looking back on his past. Therefore, when the book opens with him working in a drug store in chapter one, the reader knows that a life changing event is going to take place, but Jacob is oblivious.
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