Coraline Quotes

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Coraline and her other mother (also known as the Beldam) started off with a lovely relationship as Coraline was suspicious of her other mother while her other mother treats her nicely, showing deep care and concern for Coraline, more than Coraline’s mother ever would. This can be seen from “She looked a little like Coraline’s mother. Only her skin was white as paper. Only she was taller and thinner. Only her fingers were too long, and they never stopped moving, and her dark red fingernails were curved and sharp.” The listing of the other mother’s difference from Coraline’s actual mother “Only her skin…curved and sharp” makes the reader build up the sense that something was not right emphasizing Coraline’s disbelief that the other mother was…show more content…
The quote “A huge, golden-brown roasted chicken, fried potatoes, tiny green peas. Coraline shoveled the food into her mouth. It tasted wonderful.” The cumulative listing “A huge, golden-brown roasted chicken, fried potatoes, tiny green peas.” overwhelms the reader with delicious delicacies, making the reader feel how good the other mother treats Coraline. The word “shoveled” connotes that the food was very delicious, showing how her other mother spoils Coraline in order to gain her trust. The quote “When Coraline got to the front door, she turned back and looked at them. They were still watching her, and waving, and smiling.” Emphasizes that the other mother treats Coraline well. Her actions are compared to a mother watching her child go off to school, portraying the other mother as someone similar to a real person, making the reader feel the love of the other mother as he/she can understand where the other mother coming from. Hence, Coraline’s other mother is seen to be showering Coraline with love, through her…show more content…
This happens because the beldam doesn’t want the typical kind of love but rather the kind of love that one would love his belongings and money. This can be seen from “And, despite herself, Coraline nodded. It was true: the other mother loved her. But she loved Coraline as a miser loves money, or a dragon loves its gold.” A miser denotes a person who is especially fond of money. Thus, comparing the Beldam to a miser show her love was not a parent and child
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