Spoilers The tormented women in the epic tearjerker "A Thousand Acres" hope that change will brighten their lives. Instead, change ushers in nothing but tragedy. Covering all the dirt in the life of a well-to-do Iowa farming clan, "A Thousand Acres" unravels as a soap opera about anguish, incest, insanity, adultery, and cancer, clearly qualifying this Touchstone Pictures release as a three-handkerchief extravaganza.
I will be looking at the father-daughter relationships Smiley identifies, and studying the family dynamics she presents.
A Thousand Acres tells the tragic tale of a family with a disturbing past who watches their lives crumble around them as this twisted Shakespearean tragedy unfolds. Although it would be easy to simply critique this novel as it relates to King Lear, this imaginative piece of literature is a work all its own.
Jane Smiley attended the University of Iowa as a graduate student and later worked at Iowa State University for fifteen years. She published A Thousand Acres inwhile working at the university. In an interview concerning the writing of A Thousand Acres Jane Smiley said she believed she had thoughts to offer concerning the play of King Lear and how it related to American farm life.
However the actual writing turned out to be a terribly draining process for Smiley because of the depressing subject matter. She names Shakespeare as one of her influences in writing, but says in trying to emulate his story of King Lear she felt exhausted, and was mainly propelled by her anger for the story.
A father, his two daughters and their husbands all live on an expansive farm consisting of a thousand acres of fertile land. The narrator Ginny is a sheltered young woman who has lived on the farm her entire life. Caroline represents what Ginny and her other sister Rose have always hoped for in their own lives.
Other characters besides the central family unit also provide insightful experiences and cause some tumultuous events.
Harold owns the neighboring farm and is constantly competing with Larry to prove who the better farmer is. Jess has just come back to Zebulon County after being gone for fifteen years or so.
At first everyone who meets Jess is enamored and intrigued by him. The women find him attractive, and the men value him as a friend and fellow farmer. While depicting a vivid example of Midwestern farm life Smiley also introduces modern problems affecting families in any geographic region.
She discusses alcoholism, cancer, abuse, and incest in a way that is brutally honest. However, her sincerity in writing on these topics promotes public awareness and proves the importance of dealing with these serious issues.
As the novel progresses, Smiley wraps you into the lives of her characters and gives you the feeling of familiarity with them. She begins to see problems in her marriage as well as unhappiness in her life overall. She is aggressive, straightforward, and completely open with her actions and feelings.
Rose believes that a woman deserves self-respect even though her and Ginny have been placed in a patriarchal family and degraded as females from the time they were kids.Dec 09, · A Thousand Acres is not about building plot excitement and then resolving some explosive scene in which the whole story makes sense and everything after that just seals the envelope.
Smiley’s character development and complex relationships are so deep and enthralling that this novel is hard to put down. Character development: 9 tips for convincing arcs How characters grow and change, reach their goals or fail to, keeps us interested.
In stories, character development is crucial: If all your characters stay unchanged, even through extreme circumstances, your novel will feel two-dimensional. A summary of The Promise in Mildred D. Taylor's The Land. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of The Land and what it means.
Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. A Thousand Acres, told from the middle of three daughters, is a story about a small farming community in rural Iowa during the mids and is loosely based on King Lear.
A bunch of tragic shit happens that is mostly the fault of the men/5. Dec 09, · A Thousand Acres is not about building plot excitement and then resolving some explosive scene in which the whole story makes sense and everything after that just seals the envelope.
Smiley’s character development and complex relationships are so deep and enthralling that this novel is hard to put down. Sep 19, · A THOUSAND ACRES is a drama about an American family who meets with tragedy on their land. It is the story of a father, his daughters, and their husbands, and their passion to subdue the history of their land and its stories.6/10(K).