What do you think are the most important quotes/passages in the book March? What passage is shocking to you and really gets you thinking, and what passage really sums up or describes the book for...

What do you think are the most important quotes/passages in the book March? What passage is shocking to you and really gets you thinking, and what passage really sums up or describes the book for you?

 

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Many quotes from Geraldine Brooks' novel March are thought provoking. Here are a few of my favorites.

1. “You go on. You set one foot in front of the other, and if a thin voice cries out, somewhere behind you, you pretend not to hear, and keep going.”

For me this quote is both shocking and lovely. In one sense, the quote speaks about focus and determination. On the other hand, the quote also speaks to ignoring need.

2. “For to know a man's library is, in some measure, to know his mind.”

As an English teacher, I find this quote to be very true. It is like looking at a man's home. By looking around, one can tell more about a man. The old cliche about a man's shoes is very similar. A library speaks great things about a person. I do think that the quote needs a little hint: make sure the books have been read.

3. “I am not alone in this."

When used out of context, this quote can be very inspiring. it reminds people that they are not alone. Unfortunately, when the the following sentences are added, the meaning of the quote changes dramatically.

I only let him do to me what men have ever done to women: march off to empty glory and hollow acclaim and leave us behind to pick up the pieces. The broken cities, the burned barns, the innocent injured beasts, the ruined bodies of the boys we bore and the men we lay with.

This reminds readers that life is not filled with positive things. Instead, life can be very hard.

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