The Nightingale Short Essay - Answer Key

Kristin Hannah
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1. How would you describe the narrative style of Chapter 1? From whose perspective is this chapter related?

The author opens the novel with a chapter told in first person by an unnamed elderly lady. The use of the first person perspective suggests that the story told in the subsequent chapters is this woman's story. However, since The Nightingale is the story of two sisters, the reader is left wondering which sister is speaking in Chapter 1.

2. What themes are introduced in Chapter 1?

Chapter 1 introduces some of the novel's major themes, including love, war, and loss. In fact, two of these themes are introduced in the very first line when the author writes "If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are."

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