The Marianne that we meet at the beginning of this great novel is plagued by feelings of inferiority and a lack of self-worth. These feelings are exacerbated by the fact that she is a social outcast at school and naturally intensified when she and Connell start dating but Connell requests that their relationship be kept a secret for the sake of his reputation.
By the time our protagonist reaches Trinity College, her blossoming process has already begun. At college, the tables are turned, and it is Marianne who is the popular one, while Connell struggles to fit in. Needless to say, their relationship no longer needs to be a secret after they leave school.
Later, however, she seems to take a step backwards when she gets into a long-term relationship with an abusive man named Jamie. I would argue that it is only in the aftermath of Marianne and Jamie's breakup, when she finally confides in Connell about the abuse that she endured as a child, that she can truly start to grow, let go of the...
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