Water for Elephants Questions and Answers
by Sara Gruen

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How do the historical events influence Jacob and his perception of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? if you have any quotes, that would be helpful. thanks!

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Set in the desperate times of the Great Depression, the narrative of Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen attains even more poignancy with the tragedy in Jacobs's life which precipitates his jumping on the train that turns out to be a circus train.  When Jacob discovers that he is not on a regular train, he remains because of the lack of options for work.  For, things have been reduced to mere survival for Jacob.

Likewise, the others who work for Benzini's Circus tolerate their...

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