Analysis of Elizabeth Gilbert's 'Eat Pray Love'

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Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love
A Literary Analysis
There are times when a person reads a book and feels completely enlightened, as if everything makes sense and as though there is hope to be had and much joy to be extracted from this much too short existence. This is how a person would feel after reading Elizabeth Gilbert's "Eat Pray Love." The novel chronicles Gilbert's struggle with marriage, with divorce, with a new relationship and with essentially finding balance in her life. Though the book as been criticized by some, Gilbert manages to not only pull in the reader, but to keep his or her attention throughout the fantastic voyages upon which she embarks in the autobiography. This short paper will analyze the various literary techniques utilized by the author to see how she keeps the reader's interest and how this fantastic piece of literature makes one feel hopeful and excited about life, regardless of the state in which one finds oneself. Analysis Gilbert begins the book by describing what many would consider a perfect life. She has a house, a marriage, a job she loves, and money. Yet at 30-something author finds herself on the wrong path, as she is very unhappy. This would make many feel as though she is ungrateful, and Gilbert herself feels guilty but she decides that the 'perfect' life she thought she had had is not so perfect after all. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, however, Gilbert decides that she will divorce her husband and embark on
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