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Girl With a Pearl Earring

The great painter, Johannes Vermeer, passes away toward the end of the novel. His death becomes the catalyst for an important decision. His wife, Catharina, has been instructed (through the...

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One of the story's many themes is the power of perception. Ever since her father was blinded in an accident at work, Griet has had to act as his eyes. Seeing for two, as it were, has given her a...

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Tracy Chevalier uses a great deal of figurative language in Girl With a Pearl Earring. For example, when Griet meets Pieter, Pieter "looked me over as if I were a plump chicken he was considering...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2016, 12:46 pm (UTC)

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Three characters in "The Girl With the Pearl Earring" are: Griet, a 16-year-old Dutch girl who becomes a maid for Johannes Vermeer and his family. Another character is Vermeer's cruel jealous...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2009, 9:48 am (UTC)

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One of the most salient features of the narration in this book is the continual use of similes and metaphors to establish visual imagery. These examples of figurative language not only create a...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2016, 6:55 pm (UTC)

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Griet is decidedly different from other girls her age in this novel. First, instead of styling her hair, she always keeps it hidden and tucked into a full covering. Some other girls also wear head...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2016, 11:39 pm (UTC)

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The primary religious differences portrayed are between Protestantism, represented by Griet and her family, and Catholicism, represented by Vermeer and his family. Vermeer had actually converted to...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2019, 12:24 am (UTC)

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Yes: both Griet and Maria Thins have an appreciation of art, especially Vermeer's, that his own wife Catharina clearly lacks. Catharina is physically clumsy and is not allowed in her husband's...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2016, 7:24 pm (UTC)

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Power struggles are everywhere in Girl With a Pearl Earring, but what's notable is that no one ever enjoys complete power or control over anyone else. This includes the humble housemaid Griet. In...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2019, 7:20 am (UTC)

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The core of the explanation of this book is the conflict between Catholicism and Protestantism and the conflict between the working class and the upper class. Vermeer was a renowned Dutch painter...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2012, 1:39 am (UTC)

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Vermeer, a converted Catholic, marries his wife, Catharina, and lives in the home of his mother-in-law in what is called the Papist Corner. There are two aspects of his life that I think...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2008, 11:31 pm (UTC)

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Although I am a bit confused by what you mean when you say "main idea relationships," you are right to assume the main idea of Girl With a Pearl Earring is intimately connected with relationships!...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2015, 6:11 pm (UTC)

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'Speed of Sound' by English band Coldplay might be a good song for the movie 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' because a) it was a very popular download and b) it has a very mysterious quality to it -...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2010, 1:43 pm (UTC)

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Near the beginning of the first section of the book, titled "1664," just one aspect of Griet's behavior irritates Catharina and permanently causes the older woman to dislike her. It's when Griet...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2016, 11:20 pm (UTC)

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Girl With a Pearl Earring

Interesting novel by Tracy Chevalier! Girl With A Pearl Earring is a painting by Johannes Vermeer, a 17th Century Dutch painter. In the novel, Chevalier hypothesizes that Vermeer's servant girl,...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2015, 3:48 pm (UTC)

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Girl With a Pearl Earring

Tracy Chevalier’s 1999 novel Girl with Pearl Earring represents the author’s speculation regarding the identity of the model for Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer’s, whose own life remains clouded in...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2014, 2:03 am (UTC)

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The protagonist of Tracy Chevalier's novel Girl With a Pearl Earring is a sixteen-year-old girl (the one mentioned in the title, of course), so the story was presumably written with a young adult...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2014, 5:57 pm (UTC)

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In Tracy Chevalier’s 1999 novel Girl with a Pearl Earring, class distinctions play a very large role in human relationships. Griet, the 16-year-old girl at the center of Chevalier’s story, which...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2014, 3:01 pm (UTC)

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Griet is still having trouble adjusting to her new life as a maid. Life in the Vermeer household is exhausting; Griet feels constantly tense and serious in a house where everything is so strange...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2019, 8:58 am (UTC)

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According to the author, the pearl earring "is important as a symbol because it represents the world Griet gets drawn into and ultimately rejected from." Her father's blindness leads to her...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2010, 7:29 am (UTC)

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What is so fascinating about this novel is the way that the author takes a real life painting, Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring," and imagines the story behind it and in particular, the life of...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2013, 5:48 am (UTC)

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Latest answer posted July 2, 2012, 1:56 am (UTC)

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1. Did Vermeer love Griet? They had a rather special relationship, and it is obvious that he did give her special attention, but what were his true feelings? Did he just think that she was...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2009, 1:13 pm (UTC)

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Griet is the 16 year old girl in the portrait Johannes Vermeer is the painter (in the novel and real life) Catharina is Vermeer's wife (The rest of these are characters who may not be "main" but...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2009, 3:39 am (UTC)

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Catharina finds motherhood a fulfilling experience from several points of views, but not because she, herself, would be contented with just being a mother. As a devout Catholic, she would have been...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2010, 5:38 am (UTC)

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The main way that this novel shows creativity helping humans is that it provides an escape from their everyday lives, which are sometimes stressful and unhappy. Griet, for example, has a life of...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2010, 12:18 pm (UTC)

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