Tuck Everlasting Questions and Answers
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In Tuck Everlasting, compare and contrast the Tucks' house and the Fosters'.  Which does Winnie prefer? 

In Tuck Everlasting, the Tucks' home is chaotic but filled with love. The Fosters', on the other hand, is spic-and-span but cold and austere.

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The homes of both the Foster and Tuck families bear testament to the values and ideals that the family holds dear. At home with her parents and grandmother, Winnie knows a world characterized by order, cleanliness, and a stifling air of middle-class smugness.

The Tucks, on the other hand, have a home characterized by disorderliness, dust, and dirty dishes. However, it also holds the promise of love and a family for whom Winnie almost immediately feels strong affection and loyalty.

While the neatness and order of the Foster home, combined with the attitudes of her family members, is part of what tempts Winnie to run away just before her "kidnapping," she does find that she misses some of the creature comforts, like a comfortable bed, while she is at the Tucks'.

While Winnie ultimately makes the decision not to join the Tuck family, I would argue that the time she spent in their home opens her eyes to a world of love (both romantic love and family love) and changes her.

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