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Last Updated on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 449

Authors use different quotes in different scenarios to depict the feelings, observations, attitudes, and personal attributes of characters in a story. Eleanor Oliphant uses different quotes in her story to depict various aspects. Some of the important quotes in the story include the following.

Quotes depicting her as unimportant in...

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Authors use different quotes in different scenarios to depict the feelings, observations, attitudes, and personal attributes of characters in a story. Eleanor Oliphant uses different quotes in her story to depict various aspects. Some of the important quotes in the story include the following.

Quotes depicting her as unimportant in the society

a) “I do exist, don’t I?”

b)"[...] it often feels as if I'm not here, that I am a figment of my own imagination.”

Eleanor uses the above quotes to express her feelings of being undesired and unimportant in the society. She did not have any meaningful relationship and lacked control of things that happened during her childhood.

Quotes to depict her confidence and self-independence

Further, Eleanor uses various quotes to depict confidence in the kind of life she lived. Some of the quotes used by Eleanor to justify her lifestyle and exhibit her confidence are listed below:

a) “I do not need anyone else—there is no big hole in my life, no missing part of my own particular puzzle. I am an entity that is self-contained.”

b) “Some people, weak people, fear solitude. What they fail to understand is that there’s something very liberating about it; once you realize that you don’t need anyone, you can take care of yourself. That’s the thing: it’s best just to take care of yourself.”

c) “But, by careful observation from the sidelines, I’d worked out that social success is often built on pretending just a little. Popular people sometimes have to laugh at things they don’t find very funny, do things they don’t particularly want to, with people whose company they don’t particularly enjoy. Not me. I had decided, years ago, that if the choice was between that or flying solo, then I’d fly solo. It was safer that way.”

Despite her lifestyle being regarded as awkward by her colleagues, she intends to affirm that she is comfortable with the state of her life. She finds comfort in her independence and isolation as there would be no one in her life to let her down like Declan and her mother did. Further, she believes that by living in isolation she does not have to live a life full of pretense.

Quotes depicting loneliness and solitude

a) “My phone doesn’t ring often—it makes me jump when it does [...].”

b) "When the silence and the loneliness press down around me, crushing me, carving through me like ice, I need to speak aloud sometimes if only for proof of life."

The above quotes depict the author as a lonely individual who had an internal craving for friendship and company.

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