How does the theme of confinement appear in Pale Horse, Pale Rider? Please offer a second opinion on my interpretation of confinement in regard to my ideas. I believe that the confinement in this story is two-fold. Miranda is confined to a life she finds mundane. She really doesn't seem to enjoy what she is doing and she does not like nor really support the war. Seemingly, her only comfort in life is Adam.  When she contracts influenza, her confinement seems to end a little bit as she approaches death. She seems to enjoy the dreamlike state she its in. However, she also laments the fact that she will not be able to be with Adam and the she has not really fulfilled anything with her life. In a way, I view her debilitation due to the illness to be a type of confinement.  At the end, she is released from the confines of her sickness, only to find out that what she desires (to be with Adam) is impossible due to his death, which to me seems like she is re-confined to live on Earth doing what she really doesn't like, now without her one source of happiness.

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What an interesting idea for an assignment (which I assume will eventually be an essay).  I find it interesting because the theme of confinement is not necessarily a common theme mentioned in Pale Horse, Pale Rider, but you can definitely make a case that the theme is both present in and important to the story.

First, let me comment on your original ideas.  Your ideas are superb, but they just need to be honed a bit.  You do too much summarizing in the beginning of your thought process here.  However, your ideas behind the confinement theme are wonderful.  For example, you are correct in asserting that Miranda is confined by influenza during the epidemic. Secondly, you can definitely prove that Miranda is further confined to live in a world without Adam after Adam dies.  (Luckily, her friends will not accept Miranda giving up on life like this.)  Your ideas about confinement, though, are hidden within sentences full of summary.   If your goal is to discuss (and prove) the theme...

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