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What are the symbols, themes, and significant setting from the book, "A Northern Light"?

The primary theme of this book is coming of age. In this process Mattie realizes a number of other themes, such as the fact that the world isn't what it seems, or the central importance of duty....

Latest answer posted August 12, 2008 8:40 am UTC

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What are five literary elements in A Northern Light? I'm doing a novel review and need help.  

A unique aspect of A Northern Light is the nonfiction element. This is a fictional novel about the made up character Mattie Gokey, but the novel features the real life murder of Grace Brown....

Latest answer posted April 19, 2019 7:49 pm UTC

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In  A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly, how did the main character Mattie Gokey grow as a person?

The blending of fact and fiction is the basis for the novel A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly. Set near the Adirondack Mountains, the story takes on the enormous task of telling two stories at...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2012 12:54 am UTC

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On what page does the reader learn how Grace Brown has died? 

Since different editions of A Northern Light will vary in pages, perhaps pointing to the chapter will be of assistance. It is in Chapter 32 that Mattie learns from one of Grace Brown's letters that...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2014 5:34 pm UTC

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What are some literary allusions in A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly?

An allusion is a reference to something that a writer or speaker expects the reader or listener to be familiar with and recognize. Allusions add deeper meaning and broader texture to what is...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2012 6:47 am UTC

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Give  symbols and page citations from the novel, A Northern Light, by Jennfier Donnelly.

Jennifer Donnelly wrote A Northern Light, basing it on the actual murder of a Grace Brown. From the author's research, this delicious novel came forth. The story involves a number of issues...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2012 4:14 pm UTC

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In Jennifer Donnelly's A Northern Light, provide sentences that demonstrates the author's style.

Jennifer Donnelly, author of A Northern Light, is praised for her writing style that engenders an... ...unflinching honesty in its portrayal of loss, poverty, racism, and pregnancy. Donnelly's...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2012 5:47 pm UTC

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What is some pertinent biographical information about the author of A Northern Light?

Born in 1963 in New York, Jennifer Donnelly spent time with her grandparents in Lewis County, New York. Through listening to the stories told by her grandfather and mother, she learned of the...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2012 4:51 pm UTC

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What quotations denote the setting of A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly?

Jennifer Donnelly, the author of A Northern Light, spent a good deal of her childhood in the area that serves as the setting for the story. The setting is the area around the Adirondack Mountains...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2012 1:46 am UTC

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In "A Northern Light", did Mattie ever go to college?

Yes, she did. Although limited by circumstance, she decides to go to college. Some could say she made this decision on a whim, whereas others may say the entire story was about her dilemma and...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2008 11:57 pm UTC

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What are the differences and/or similarities between Minnie and Miss Wilcox and how they see the world? How does Miss...

The views of the world that Minnie and Miss Wilcox share represent fundamental forces on Mattie. They help shape how Mattie will view the world because of their shared points of convergence and...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2014 12:48 am UTC

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How does gender impact or affect Mattie's decisions in A Northern Light? How does gender affect Royal's decisions and...

Mattie is trying to decide whether to break out of traditional gender roles, Royal exploits them, and Pa never thinks to question them. Throughout the book, Mattie tries to decide if she wants to...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2014 4:25 am UTC

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What is the climax of A Northern Light?

The climax or turning point of A Northern Light occurs when Mattie realizes that the death of one's dreams is nearly the same as death itself. Weaver has lost all of his college money, so he...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2010 3:35 am UTC

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What is the resolution in A Northern Light?

The resolution of A Northern Light has to do with Mattie leaving her past behind to go on to fulfill her dreams. From the beginning, Mattie has been tied down by her family and their issues...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2010 3:27 am UTC

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What is the significance of the ending scene of Jennifer Donnelly's A Northern Light?

As the first chapter of Jennifer Donnelly's A Northern Light sets the mood by introducing a mysterious death and the foreshadowing of change, the last chapter brings about closure. It lets the...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2012 7:40 pm UTC

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In A Northern Light, why do you think Grace asks Mattie to destroy her letters?

While Mattie is working as a maid for the Glendale Hotel she is asked by a guest, Grace, to burn some letters. Mattie puts the letters into her apron pocket and doesn't give them another thought...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2009 12:03 pm UTC

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What does the title A Northern Light mean, and why did Jennifer Donnelly choose this?

Unfortunately, Jennifer Donnelly has never shared explicitly why she chose this title or the meaning behind it. As with all parts of a text, they are open to interpretation! A Northern Light is a...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2016 3:59 pm UTC

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What is the theme and setting of "A Norther Light"?

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Latest answer posted August 18, 2008 1:29 am UTC

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How is Weaver's life altered involuntarily in A Northern Light  by Jennifer Donnelly?

Jennifer Donnelly's A Northern Light contains an unforgettable cast of characters beginning with the protagonist Mattie Gokey and her best friend Weaver Smith. Both characters are teenagers...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2012 8:20 pm UTC

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Where can I find a link to a review of Jennifer Donnelly's novel, A Northern Light?  

In the novel, A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly, there is an eNotes study guide available that summarizes the novel and examines characters, themes, etc. In addition, there is also a critical...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2011 10:02 am UTC

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What are the characteristics of the genre of Donnelly's A Northern Light?

The genre of Jennifer Donnelly's A Northern Light is "Young Adult fiction." These books are also called "problem novels" or "coming of age" novels because they examine the difficulties teenagers...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2012 4:55 am UTC

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Miss Parish says Mattie's writing is bad. Miss Wilcox says it is a gift. Why are their opinions and subsequent...

On Weaver's advice, who tells Mattie that her stories are more than just good, Mattie gives her composition book to Miss Parish to look through. Weaver thinks Miss Parish may even know some...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2019 8:37 pm UTC

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Describe the author's style in A Northern Light.

The book A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly is best described as historical fiction. Donnelly's style and love of language shine through with the informal voice of Mattie. As the first-person...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2012 4:58 pm UTC

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What is the dominant philosophy found in A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly?

In A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly, social pressures facing the main character, teenager Mattie Gokey, make life a struggle. From Mattie's intelligence and strength, springs a young heroine...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2012 1:13 am UTC

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What is the significance of the opening scene in Jennifer Donnelly's A Northern Light?

There are several significant elements in the opening scene of Donnelly's A Northern Light. Clearly, the mystery of the dead woman sets the mood for the story, especially in contrast to the...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2012 6:32 pm UTC

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Who is the main charcter in A Northern Light?

Mattie Gokey is the narrator and protagonist of A Northern Light. She is sixteen when the novel opens, and she is conflicted by life decisions that she has to make. She has the option of marrying...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2010 7:20 am UTC

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Why does Mattie dislike reading Milton 

I'm not sure Mattie dislikes all of John Milton, but she for sure doesn't like Milton's Paradise Lost. She doesn't like it for the same reason a lot of people don't like it. It's a bummer of a...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2015 4:45 pm UTC

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