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Foster by Claire Keegan
Transcript of Foster by Claire Keegan
What do we learn?
There are many hints and suggestions throughout the novel that give the reader a deeper insight to the narrator's situation.
Let's see if we can find them!
What's suggested by this cover?
Beginning of a journey
The Kinsellas' Home
There is a sense of home and domestic routine in chapter 3.
The Kinsellas manage to put the girl at ease and make her feel comfortable and give her a sense of belonging in their household.
Let's find examples.
Symbolism in Foster
Images that evoke the significance of something else
Foster by Claire Keegan
-Sense of unease
-Introduction of character
'This water is deeper than any I have ever bathed in.' Page 18
'Her hands are like my mother's hands but there is something else in them too, something I have never felt before and have no name for.' Page 18
"Where there's a secret there's shame and shame is something we can do without." Page 21
'She heats up the pan and fries the rashers and tomatoes cut in halves with the cut side down.'
'Kinsella comes in and makes tea for all of us and drinks it standing up with a handful of Kimberley biscuits, then goes back out again.' Page 32
'She takes the hairbrush then and I can hear her counting under her breath to a hundred and then she stops and plaits it loosely.' Page 36
'I see myself not as I was when I arrived, looking like a tinker's child, but as I am now, clean, in different clothes, with the woman behind me.' Page 23
Community and Neighbours
How does chapter 4 help us understand that the girl is beginning to settle into a new way of life?
Make a point
Show how the evidence supports your point
Repeat this process if you have more to say
Write a short piece on the domestic comforts of your own home. Consider the following:
-your favourite day
-your favourite comfort food
-your favourite place to unwind
-sounds in your home that bring comfort.
-John and the girl become closer
-We learn that Edna and John have lost a young boy
-We see that small communities can be cruel and that they can offer support in times of need.
When John and the girl leave the house Mildred turns to her mother and says….
‘You won’t believe what I found out!’ Mildred says excitedly.
‘What,’ her mother sighs, ‘did you find out? Have you been sticking your nose in again? Would you ever mind your own business child!’ her mother finishes, whilst slapping her hand down on the counter top.
Continue this dialogue in the present tense
Climax and Resolution
After a week of rain, on a Thursday, the letter comes
- page 68, Chapter 6
There is a sense of an inevitable end coming.
How do we know the narrator is upset?
How does Edna manage the situation?