preview

Comparison Of 'And Potato Peel Pie Society'

Decent Essays

Living life to the fullest of capacity takes courage. About every daily activity, for example getting up in morning, takes a certain amount of valor; however, a different kind of bravery is crucial for people living in Guernsey during the 1940s. Many characters in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows existed in a place where courage was pivotal. The main character of the novel, Juliet Ashton is a courageous woman. In a male dominated world, Ashton respects and stands up for herself: “Eventually, I said something to the effect that I could never marry a man whose idea of bliss was to strike out at little balls and little birds” (25). Juliet is both sarcastic and realistic, but she knows herself and what she deserves. Mark Reynolds, her suitor, pushes her into being braver than she already is. Juliet stands up against Mark's persuasion and stubborn attitude: “I've known you two months. It's not long enough for me to be certain that we should spend the rest of our lives together, even if you are” (131). Even if no one else does, Juliet values her own opinions and makes her own choices. Juliet's decision to ignore Mark and travel to Guernsey …show more content…

Dawsey Adams, one of Juliet's first Guernsey friends, is a man of few words who only speaks for the benefit of others: “-he never asks for anything for himself, so everyone is eager to do what he asks for others” (37). Elizabeth McKenna, creator of the Potato Peel Pie Society, was strikingly brave by her dedication to love and protect everyone around her even as she is suffering. Kit, Elizabeth's daughter, also reveals herself to be courageous by the way she allows Juliet to see inside her box and essentially, inside her life. However, back at Juliet's old in home, Mark Reynolds is the opposite: “I didn't fire the delivery boy- I promoted him. He got me what I couldn't manage to get myself: an introduction to

Get Access