Childhood in "Girl with a Pearl Earring" Book Review by Top Papers

Childhood in "Girl with a Pearl Earring"
A review of the novel, "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Tracy Chevalier.
# 134372 | 1,250 words | 1 source | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Literature (European (other))

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The paper looks at how the novel, "Girl with a Pearl Earring", describes the life of one girl in seventeenth century Holland. The paper asserts that by understanding this girl's experiences, we may gain some understanding of our own era's children. The paper notes that although a historical novel is not the best way to study such lives, Chevalier's novel provides the reader with some interesting insights that might suggest further investigation.

From the Paper:

"Is it possible to write a novel about a person known only by a second captured in time, suspended in a painting? Having read Tracy Chevalier's novel, "Girl with a Pearl Earring", the answer to that question would appear to be "yes." Chevalier's novel provides a glimpse into the world of that girl, a Dutch peasant of the seventeenth century, as she might have lived her life as a servant in the home of the painter, Johannes Vermeer. Chevalier's story is about the daughter of a blinded tile painter, sent out to work to support her family after her father has the accident that disables him. At the time that Griet lived, children, particularly girls,..."

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