In any genuine friendship there are the differences between the people that spark curiosity, yet, it is similarities that draw two together to form a tight bond. This is evident in the friendship that starts between Vivian and Molly. Vivian, from outward show, does not display the slightest similarity with Molly. It is not until one examines the often tragic back stories of both that striking parallels begin to be made clear. By the time all is uncovered, the likenesses shared between Vivian and Molly far outweigh any disparities. In examining the relationship between Vivian and Molly, a perfect balance is struck in Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.
Many people have certain symbols in their life that bring them comfort and represent who they are as a person. In Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train, symbols function to convey Molly and Vivian’s desire to maintain their connections to their pasts, their search for self-identity, and the trauma and loss they experience. Molly’s turtle tattoo exemplifies Molly’s personal identity and represents much of the loss she has experienced as a child. The loss, trauma, identity and longing to stay connected to her loved ones that Vivian has and experiences is symbolized by her Claddagh necklace. The charm necklace that Molly wears signifies the connection to her late father, her own character, and the loss she has experienced.
Orphan Train a novel by Christina Baker Kline is a beautiful story about a seventeen year old girl named Molly Ayer who has lived in a foster home since she was nine and a ninety-one year old lady named Vivian who accepts Molly into her home and shares her life story with her for a school project. This story shows the hardship, friendship, and loneliness about the two girls and the connection with each other. The story behind the book goes back to the year 1854 when over 200,000 orphans were sent on a train to provide free labor which is the actual meaning of the orphan train. The author based the story on an orphan and the readers can see the connection between the book and the event of the real orphan train, the theme in the story of how the actual Orphan Train was, and the type of setting due to the incidents in the story compared to the real event.
The Orphan Train movement provided many children with homes during a very difficult time. Many of these children were loved and treated very well, but many were not. Many children were separated from parents and siblings for the remainder of their
Christina Baker Kline’s novel Orphan Train follows the the paths of two very similar women who are separated only by age. One of the main characters, Molly Ayer, is a seventeen-year-old high school student who has been assigned to yet another unwanted foster home. After attempting to steal a book from the local library, Molly has to help an elderly woman clean out her attic to avoid having to go to juvenile detention. The elderly woman, Vivian Daly, is the other protagonist in the story and has a past that is very similar to Molly’s. Vivian, known as Niamh Power when she was young, immigrated to America with her family from
Throughout the novel Orphan Train, there is the reoccurring importance of names for characters. Niamh receives a total of three different names in her lifetime, each name representing a different persona. Niamh is naïve and acts her age, Dorothy experiences hardships and is forced to suppress her emotions, Vivian is identified as the Neilson’s child and has a more stable home life. On the other hand, Molly has a significant name to her culture that helps her to relate to her culture with the events she has gone through in her life.
Orphan trains is a documentary about children in New York, being sent on trains to other parts of the country, in order to find families and be taken care of. There are stories from, adults that actually rode on these trains when they were children. The Orphan Trains was started by a man named Charles Loring Brace in 1854. Brace, had traveled to New York in the early 1850’s, and was horrified at the conditions of all the children he saw on the street. Brace felt that it was a duty to help these children out, and decided that the only way to help these children was to get them away from their surroundings, and send them away to be raised in nice, Christian homes around the country. So, in 1853, Brace founded the Children’s
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