Theme Of Resilience In Defending Jacob

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Resilience is defined as the quality that allows people to be knocked down and come back stronger than ever. Resilience is demonstrated throughout the novel Defending Jacob by William Landay, and the ancillary texts “If” by Rudyard Kipling, and “The Third and Final Continent” by Jhumpa Lahiri though different literary devices. The similar conflicts of Defending Jacob and “Third and Final Continent” help develop a theme of resilience throughout the stories. Another literary device that helps to show this theme in Defending Jacob and “If” is point of view. Finally, the theme is displayed once more in the novel and “Third and Final Continent” through the use of characterization. The theme of keeping one’s head through troubled times and not giving up is developed through the use of conflict, point of view, and characterization in Defending Jacob, “If”, and “The Third and Final Continent”. Both William Landay and Jhumpa Lahiri use conflicts in their stories to demonstrate the theme of resilience and perseverance. William Landay uses the conflict of Andy’s belief in his son and Lahiri uses the narrator’s will to be successful as those characters’ motivation to continue working for what they believe in. Andy and Laurie’s visit to Dr. Vogel shows the beginning of a conflict in Defending Jacob. “‘So?’ ‘So what does shoplifting have to do with murder? What’s the difference if he took a candy bar or something from CVS? What on Earth does that have to do with Ben Rifkin being brutally stabbed to death?’” (Landay 146). Andy Barber never once stops believing that his son is innocent, even after this leads to fights with Laurie and could potentially lead to divorce. However he fights for Jacob and he knows they will get through the trial. While Andy Barber’s conflict and perseverance is more mental, the narrator of “The Third and Final Continent” has a more physical conflict he must overcome. The theme of resilience is also developed in this text when the narrator is telling his son about his life at the end of the story. “Whenever he is discouraged, I tell him that if I can survive on three continents, then there is no obstacle he cannot conquer” (Lahiri). These words of wisdom demonstrate resilience because the

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