From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

by E. L. Konigsburg

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How do we learn what kind of person Claudia is?

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Claudia is a character that continues to grow and expand throughout the book. It is my belief, that most of this novel is a characterization sketch of Claudia, something used to get similar demographic readers to relate to Claudia. We see her mostly as a bitter older sister when the story opens, but by the time she is done living with her brother in a museum while researching and investigating the origin of the statue, she has become a quite complex and learned individual. Claudia left home with the intention of teaching her parents a lesson; when it was all said and done, she probably learned more about herself.

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